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Are They Really Reading? Expanding SSR in the Middle Grades

reviewed by Kimberly Kimbell-Lopez - 2003

coverTitle: Are They Really Reading? Expanding SSR in the Middle Grades
Author(s): Jodi Crum Marshall
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers, York
ISBN: 1571103376, Pages: 166, Year: 2002
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Jodi Crum Marshall has written a text that speaks from the vantage point of a middle school teacher while offering advice and wisdom appropriate for teachers across levels spanning elementary to high school.  In her book, Are They Really Reading:  Expanding SSR in the Middle Grades, Marshall builds upon the traditional concept of sustained silent reading to also incorporate reading aloud and writing.  The resulting program, Supporting Student Literacy (SSL), is based on her classroom experiences and incorporates research proven methods designed to increase student motivation and learning.  Reminiscent of Nancie Atwell’s (2002) In the Middle and Linda Rief’s (1998) Seeking Diversity, this book will reach out to many teachers searching for a way to meet the needs of struggling readers in the middle school classroom.   The foreword by Janet Allen (pp. ix-x) references A Stone in My Shoe: Teaching Literacy in Times of Change by Lorri Neilsen (1994). She states that Neilsen’s book, like Marshall’s, illustrates how really great teachers ask “what if” questions.  Allen shares that “Jodi... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1218-1221
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11021, Date Accessed: 6/15/2021 4:10:27 PM

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  • Kimberly Kimbell-Lopez
    Louisiana Tech University
    KIMBERLY KIMBELL-LOPEZ is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership in the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA. A former elementary school teacher, her research and teaching interests include literacy across the curriculum and the infusion of technology to enhance and extend learning. She is currently involved with the Digital Edge Project, which is a joint endeavor between the International Society for Technology in Education, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Apple, and AT&T.
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