Summer Reading for Students (Mandatory?)

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  1. TeacherSandra

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    Does your district require students to begin summer reading (grade appropriate)?

    If so, just how many books are required for their grade/age?
     
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    Only in high school and middle school special programs (like IB, AP, arts magnet, etc.)
    I think for IB it's quite a lot - maybe 4 books, with projects. But that would be for the summer before senior year....
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    Yes, for middle school GT and pre AP. My son had to read one book for GT each summer. I think it is great because they have no down time and can hit the ground running when school starts.
     
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    No required summer work here.
     
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    No required work here either (elementary) but we do have a program where they fill out post cards and send them to the reading specialist every time they read a book and she will mail them back a personal letter. Then at the beginning of school any child who sent at least one gets to go on some kind of surprise fieldtrip. Last year they went to Chuck E. Cheese. The teachers try to send in something too and then they walk across the stage and describe their books. No field trips for them. It's just a role model thing. I just finished a nostalgic trip back to my teenage years and read a Cat Who book (Cat Who Played Post Office). I will probably list that. I will include a summary because I will forget by the time school starts. :)
     
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    I like that idea, cutNglue! I'm going to talk to our Literacy Teacher tomorrow and see if we can put something like that in place for this summer!
     
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    We have required reading at my school (rising 1st-8th graders). For rising 1st and 2nd graders, parents can read the books to them, but everyone else has (I think) 2-3 books to read. They work some choice into it (like 1st graders have to read anything by Mercer Mayer) which is nice. When the kids get back to school they do projects during the first week or two of school.
     
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    NO required work or reading in my school (K-4)..My sons had required reading in HS which was OK, I'd read along with them and we'd have book talks...the annoying thing about it was not all teachers treated the summer reading the same in the fall- some had tests, some had the kids make a poster, some had one book talk in class to kick off the year and that was it...Kind of was a de-motivating thing for my kids...
     
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    We have pre-printed post cards with already paid postage. That may require a set up. I know the kid has to put the title, their name and a sentence or two about it (if they are able to). These things are already printed on the card. They are given these cards in a bag along with a bookmark and a few other cute things in a big official presentation in the gym. They have to do a reading oath to promise to read and read and read and read...lol. It's fun.

    I did suggest that the reading specialist put these cards (sans the postage) on our website (but I don't think she remembered) because some kids lose them and get upset by it. I'm sure the parents would pay postage in this case.

    Then when they come back, the students who did fill it out will do a parade across the stage while everyone cheers to the summer readers. We acknowledge that probably every child read at some point but these students remembered to fill out the cards. Kids love getting letters from the reading specialist but they also love this big parade. Also, their postcards are posted on the wall outside of the reading specialist's room during the first month of school. It's cool to read what students wrote.

    You might have to start on a small scale but it really is a nice program.
     
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    I know that budget-wise, we couldn't do postage. Maybe we can set up a card where students keep track of any books they read and then return it when they come back in September. We could do recognition at our Welcome Back assembly during the first week of school. Hmmm...lots to think about.
     
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    Our elementary schools do something similar. They have the kids fill out a raffle ticket for each book read over the summer. Winners are pulled daily during the first week of school. Of course, it is 'rigged' a bit- every child who passes in raffle tickets wins at some point during the week. The prizes aren't big, usually either small donated items or items from Oriental Trading, but its enough to motivate some of the kids and to give recognition to those who did the work.
     
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    Our middle school has requried summer reading. The kids receive a list to choose from. Incoming academic students must read one book from the list; incoming pre-ap students must read two books from the list.

    Usually within the first week or so, there is something done with the summer reading, i.e., general quiz, project, book talk, etc.

    It's difficult because I have not read all the books on the list myself (I don't read sci-fi or fantasy), so the "testing" or what have you must be somewhat general...
     
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    No. Our local public libraries have reading programs and Barnes and Noble too that they can do.
     
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    I can see how it would be. My son's teachers would just start regular lessons and such, just as they would if it was read during the school year. I don't see any point in making them do summer reading and then not do anything with it. It's one thing if you are trying to get them not to lose a level in reading but we are talking middle and highschoolers.

    I think I will read with him. Great suggestion czacza. His book this summer is A Separate Peace by John Knowles
     
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    All the schools I'm familiar with have required summer reading. This year, I am going to be giving a test during the first week of school on the summer reading. We have only 1 book (8th grade): Jumping the Nail by Eve Bunting.
     
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    Oh, A Separate Peace! One of my favorites!
     
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    Glad to hear that!
     

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