Sustained Silent Reading should be a daily part of the Four-Blocks classroom. Conferring is imperative for this to be effective.
Students who spent more time in silent reading at school increased their independent reading levels, scored higher on comprehension tests, had significantly higher grade point averages, and developed more sophisticated writing styles than peers who did not engage in silent reading.
Block, C.C. & Mangieri, J.N. (2002) Recreational Reading: 20 years later. The Reading Teacher, 55, 572-580.