Masters Thesis

Silent Reading is Golden

The purpose of this project is to examine how the implementation of a silent reading program within a reading intervention class impacts adolescents’ reading habits and attitudes towards reading. Over the course of a high school semester, a 45-minute multi-component scaffolded sustained silent reading program was conducted with a small group of freshmen students who enrolled in the class for reading support. The program was designed after reviewing the literature to determine the most efficacious elements of a silent reading program and how they impacted the students involved. Student reading quantity increased, their desire to read increased, and their writing and discussions around their chosen text became longer and deeper.