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Summer Reading 2014

Change is on the way!  Unfortunately, it’s not like that loose change you find in a pair of jeans and think, “Sweet!  Free money!”  We have made some changes to our summer reading program, so please read this carefully!  Below, you will find an explanation for how the summer reading program works, what you will need to do, and how you will be assessed.  

Why do we do this?  Reading is a SKILL that you will use the rest of your life, particularly when it comes to your future careers. Some of us associate reading only with a school activity, but (GASP!) many people read for enjoyment.  We believe that the best way to develop both the skill and love of reading is to expose students to a variety of books, and hopefully, they will find a genre, author, or character they can relate to and keep reading.  And HELLO!  We’re a college prep school.  Getting into college isn’t just about getting the grades; it is about being prepared for the work load.  In college you have to read a lot – a whole lot! (and guess what, a lot of what you read for college isn’t summarized on SparkNotes).

Choosing books. This year you will be required to read THREE books over the summer.  There will be no limits on the number of students who may read a particular book, and you have the option of choosing which books you read.  We are providing a list of books as suggestions, but you are free to choose other books that you HAVE NOT read.  The only other requirement is that it you select age-appropriate books.  Curious George and Charlotte’s Web, for example are great for pre-teens, but not for this. Really, it’s that simple.  We hope that you will find books that are interesting and engaging, and if you want more suggestions, ask your teachers, parents, and friends, or maybe check out Amazon.com for some ideas! 

Is this graded?  You betcha! You will be graded over your summer reading.  When you return to school next fall, your English teacher will collect the attached form that lists the three books you read.  Your teacher may then have you write an assignment related to summer reading that will be worth a grade.  Each teacher will have his/her own method for assessing you, although in most cases it will involve an essay or some type of writing assignment (and you can bet that summarizing SparkNotes won’t be an option).

If you have questions regarding summer reading, please ask an English teacher or Mr. Lum.

T-shirt bonus! As part of our desire to encourage reading, we have the summer reading challenge.  Any student who reads 2,014 pages or ten books will receive a t-shirt, which was specially designed by Nikita Swinnen-Galbraith.  Your parents must verify that you have read the books, and you can pass along that info to the library.  Thank you to BC Graphics for supplying the t-shirts!  For more details stop by the library!

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