By: Valerie Munoz
The clock is ticking slowly, you wandering off, staring at the ceiling. You try to force yourself to stop and stare at all the words, reading the same sentence over and over. You’re stuck like that, in a quiet classroom for 15, slow, terrible minutes.
On the other hand, you’re speeding through every word, wanting to read more and more. Secretly, never wanting those precious 15 minutes to end. You’re going more in depth with the book, imagining you are actually in that scene.
Which one of these scenarios describes you? Should we have more time? Teachers say reading is good and that we should get more reading time for Advisory, but really what do you think?
Ms. Marquez senior Advisory teacher says that the reason why we have silent reading is because a lot of the kids here come with really low reading levels and scores. According to Education Counts, the two main purposes for reading are reading for literary experience which basically is the reader becoming involved and imagining events, characters, etc. The second purpose for reading is reading to acquire and use information. This purpose is to engage the reader with types of texts so he or she can understand why the world is the way it is and why things work the way they work.
Hmmmm. Is it fair that even the people who do have good reading scores have to read too? Of course, many students don't like the idea of reading. Here is an example: Brisa Garcia says, ”I don't believe we should have silent reading in Advisory, because it's a waste of time; we can get a head start in our homework with that time. I personally would need it, since I'm always late with my homework.” She also expressed that as an athlete in basketball, she sometimes needs more time to catch up with homework and those 15 minutes can help. Also, some students just absolutely hate the book they have.
Why should we even have SSR if it's only for 15 minutes? If the students are going to read, 15 minutes isn't enough for them to actually get something out of the book. We shouldn't have anytime to read, we can use that time to finish the assignment that is due exactly at 3:30 pm, or that math problem that you are going to have to solve during X-block with your math group.
Sweet! There is time for us to read our favorite book! Having SSR in Advisory is a great idea, we get 15 minutes two times a week, to read amazing sets of words that become one great story! Janiah Briones, a freshman here at Samueli says, ”We shouldn't complain about us having to read in advisory class, because first of all, it's not even that long that we have to read for, and it can help calm some of us down, because some students get really noisy and distracted during the 10 minute passing period.”
Rhiannon Toan, a sophomore, says, “15 minutes is a good amount of time for SSR, because I find it hard to read outside of school.” She also said that, “Reading is a really important thing now, because of all this social media, people don't really pick up a book to read.” This shows how important it is to read; the more time passes the more people are losing interest in wanting to pick up a book and read.
The problem with that could be that all you read is social media language, which most of the time now is abbreviations. “The words that surround us every day influence the words we use. Since so much of the written language we see is now on the screens of our computers, tablets, and smartphones, language now evolves partly through our interaction with technology. And because the language we use to communicate with each other tends to be more malleable than formal writing, the combination of informal, personal communication and the mass audience afforded by social media is a recipe for rapid change,” says Jon Reed, social media blogger.
Reading may seem really boring at the moment, but in the long run reading really helps you have a better vocabulary and understanding of words. You might actually like reading, maybe you just haven't enjoyed it because you haven't found the right book. In other words, you don't have to read a really long book in order to get better at reading. As long as you read either a comic book, a magazine, or an article on the internet, that’s new knowledge that you are learning. Reading can be one key to being successful. Nationally, from 1992 to 2005, the average 12th grader reading scores have steadily declined (NCES).
This shows how important it is for us to read during Advisory. Not only do we get more knowledge and new vocabulary, but we get to enjoy new stories and connect with them. We get to use our imagination, and get inspired to want to read more and more. We can all accomplish to like reading an Advisory, we just need to pick the right book.
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