Summer Reading

Summer Reading Lists can be found to the left or further below, sorted by grade. Titles and requirements vary from course to course. Some courses require completed assignments with Summer Reading. Check grade level and courses as appropriate.

The Importance of Summer Reading

Participation in Summer Reading helps maintain academic gains during the school year.

In an article on the National Summer Learning Association’s website, James Kim of Harvard University states that providing books with no guidance may not help much at all. But when children get help choosing skill-appropriate books and read those books over the summer break, both independently and with guidance from family members, reading achievement scores can improve significantly.

Kim states that in addition to providing children with reading materials over summer, it is important to also check for comprehension. There are a number of ways to do this, but the most effective are also relatively simple- just ask questions about the story and/or characters and to summarize what they've read so far. Kim has found that without checking for comprehension or appropriate to reading level, children show little to no benefit to reading during summer.

How do we know if a book is at an appropriate skill level for a child? Kim states the easiest way to check is the Five-Finger Rule. Ask the child to read a passage of 100 words from the book, and each time they come across a word that they can't figure out, to raise one finger. If, during the 100-word passage, they raise the fifth finger, than the book is probably too difficult for their level. However, if they find no challenging words, the book may be too easy for them, and may not offer any benefit for them either.
In 2007, in an article on the Reading Rockets website, Mraz and Rasinski state that Access to reading materials has been consistently identified as a vital element in enhancing the reading development of children. Of all the activities in which children engage outside of school, time spent actually reading is the best predictor of reading achievement.

A 2001 survey of summer reading programs in southern California notes that differences between students who participated in the Summer Reading Program and their non-participating peers were readily apparent. 

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