One of our goals in our English classes at North View Middle School is to help all of our students enjoy reading and become lifelong readers. To help accomplish this, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students read independently for the first 10 – 15 minutes of their English classes, and the English teachers check in with students about what they are reading, help them with any reading issues they may be having, and set goals with the kids.
Independent reading has many benefits for kids (and adults).
- Like practicing a sport or an instrument, independent reading helps kids get better at reading.
- Reading improves knowledge.
- Reading reduces stress.
- Reading expands vocabulary.
- Reading creates new synapses in your brain, which improves memory.
- Reading improves your analytical skills.
- Reading improves your focus and concentration skills.
- Reading helps with writing skills.
- Reading is free entertainment.
Since reading has many benefits, both academically and socially, we strongly encourage your child to read 15 -30 minutes at home on a daily basis. In 8th grade, it is required that students read at home for 1-2 hours a week.
Looking for some good middle school and young adult books? Check out Allison Sirovy’s reading blog at readingthemiddle.blogspot.com and check out the books below, too.
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