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I've Got Research. Yes, I Do. I've Got Research. How About You? Donalyn Miller

I’m frequently asked to substantiate with research my opinions about independent reading. I don’t mind. The research is ubiquitous and it doesn’t take me much time to find it. While I am happy to provide websites, journal articles, and book recommendations for colleagues seeking more information about reading research, I often wonder why people ask for it. Does anyone go to the basketball coach and ask her to provide research to support why players are running plays and practicing shots? Does anyone go to the band director and ask him why musicians are playing their instruments during band class?
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The power of a good book

The power of a good book | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A recent large scale study concluded reading for pleasure has ‘a powerful influence on children’s learning’, particularly in developing vocabulary, but also on spelling and maths skills.

‘Reading for pleasure made a substantial difference [on intellectual progress] – the difference made was around four times greater than the difference made by having a parent with a degree’ (Sullivan, 2014).
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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.
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Wondering if SSR belongs in high schools? This article asserts that we all need SSR time, now, in the digital age, more than ever.

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Reading for Pleasure Can Close 'Vocabulary Gap' at Any Age

we can encourage self-selected free voluntary reading as soon as children can read independently. A recent study by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown of the Center for Longitudinal Studies at the University of London confirmed that we can increase our vocabulary by reading at any age: The impact of reading on vocabulary development in older readers is independent of the level of poverty of their parents.
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Kids and Family Reading Report

Kids and Family Reading Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A national survey of children and their parents exploring attitudes and behaviors around reading
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Key finding for high schools: one of the factors that predicts whether kids aged 12-17 will be frequent readers is whether they are given time during the school day to read books of their own choosing.

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Book Chat Evolution

Book Chat Evolution | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This is long, but well worth your time to follow this sophomore English teacher's journey to perfect his use of 10 minutes of his daily instructional time.  For those of us looking for ways to get students reading more regularly, and adding to their vocabulary, I think there is much inspiration to be found here.  

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