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Let’s drop everything and read together!

on 15 August 2016
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Reading is one of the best hobbies that you can teach them as they grow up as it fosters learning and more knowledge can be acquired. In SSIS, we value everything that can encourage our students to grow as the best individuals that they can be. We encourage our students to everything as much as they can.

For this school year, we are bringing back and intensifying the Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading or USSR. USSR is a 20 to 30-minute activity that will be conducted twice a month, wherein the students will simply spend time to read silently to themselves.

During USSR time, everyone reads (including the teachers, staff, and visitors). There are no interruptions, and usually no required assignments or activities related to reading.

Students can spend time reading whatever they enjoy, with no tests, assessments or other strings attached. The idea behind this is to both foster a love for reading by making it a time students can use to enjoy and relax and to let students practice their reading, just like they would in algebra or basketball, to become better at it.


Studies indicate that students who engage in USSR improve in both reading achievement and attitude toward reading. In addition, the kind of wide reading that occurs during USSR broadens students’ background knowledge, providing them with a better base from which to relate to their subject area texts. Tunnel and Jacobs (1989) found that adults who had been involved in a free reading or USSR program as students read more than did other adults. And adults who read more participate more in society and enter the workforce at higher levels. (Nagy, Campenni & Shaw)

If Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading has an ultimate goal, it would be to create lifelong readers. As Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis says, “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.”

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