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Why Should I Read?
Independent reading is directly related to your success in school and on standardized tests. According to studies, students who spend fewer than 15 minutes reading independently outside of school each day score in the bottom half of students on standardized tests like FCAT and the SAT. Students who do not read independently at all tend to score in the bottom ten percent of students on standardized tests. On the other hand, students who read independently for at least 40 minutes most days tend to score in the top ten percent of students on standardized tests! You are the one who holds the keys to your success in school and on standardized tests. There is not much a reading teacher or an English teacher can do to improve your reading if you never practice!
What Should I Read?
You should be reading something challenging, but enjoyable! Novels, newspapers, magazine articles and nonfiction books all work as long as they are challenging. The library is a great place to start when looking for a book, but here are some websites that can help you with book recommendations. Once you have found a title you are interested in, search the library database to see if we have the book. If we don't, you can always ask your media specialist if she will order it in the next book order!