A Message To Parents and Students About Summer Reading Choice Books:
For years, our English Department Summer Reading has obligated every student to read the same grade-level book(s). Unfortunately, those traditional ways of ensuring students read are often ineffective, given students’ many competing pastimes. We’ve found that rather than encouraging a joy of reading, we’ve instead been making reading one more task to complete. Having said that, it’s important that summer reading support the thematic ideas students will be addressing during the year, while simultaneously opening new worlds to them.
In order to foster a love of reading while also supporting students academically, we’ve worked with our library media specialists to create book lists that will appeal to a broad spectrum of student interests. These book choices have been gathered from recommendations from the National Book Award, Rhode Island Children's Book Award, Rhode Island Middle School Book Award, Rhode Island Teen Book Award, Rhode Island Latino Book Award, School Library Journal (SLJ), Coretta Scott King Author awards, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) and Michael L. Printz Young Adult Literature awards.
We anticipate updating the lists annually to include new award-winning literature and nonfiction in the thematic areas we’ve chosen. Thus, while it is not possible for your child’s teacher to have read a majority of these books, the selections have been vetted by well-respected panels of library media specialists and preteen/adolescent educators. In the event you wish your student to read only those books your child’s teacher has read, we recommend your student select the “Traditional Summer Reading Assignment” listed on the appropriate grade or class page. In addition, many upper level classes still have at least one required book due to the demanding nature of the courses. Should you have any questions or concerns, please email Karen Izzo, English Department Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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