Summer Reading 2017
Read to enjoy. Read to travel. Read to eavesdrop. Read to remember. Read to hear the music of new and old voices. Read.
This summer we are asking you to select a book from the list of options below, read it over our vacation and prepare for a book group that will meet in September. Like an adult book group, we will be providing food for all to enjoy.
Take some time to learn about the offerings by clicking on the book covers to read about the books on Amazon.com. You do not need to purchase the books. Please make sure to select your top 3 choices. This year, we are limiting groups to the first 15 students who sign up, so choose wisely. You will not be able to change your group over the summer unless we hear from your parents. Once you have made your decision, please sign up by following this link:
About the Program
Monomoy is in year two of our revamped summer reading program this year. Our goal is to promote the love of reading and develop the habit of reading for enjoyment. When thinking about these goals we realized these key points:
The best way to meet our goals is to model this for students. To that end teachers, administrators, and other members of our school community will be leading these book groups, not just the English department. Reading is our collective responsibility, and we want our students to know that we know it.
Students need choice. So much of what we read must be read for specific classroom purposes, but summer doesn’t have to be. What follows is a list of books that both adults and students love and have recommended for inclusion in our list. Not every book may be for every reader, which is why we have included links to book descriptions, reviews, and other information about grade level, content, etc. to help students make the best informed choices for themselves. We want kids to pick books that they will enjoy, so there are dozens of choices.
Not every student has access to books. Students who don’t read over the summer experience decreases in their ability to read complex texts, and the differences are greater for students who don’t have regular access to begin with. We are asking students to pick early so we can find the books in advance and get them into their hands before the school year closes. If students want to buy their own copy that’s great, but they don’t have to in order to participate anymore.
Writing is an important skill to develop, but often makes summer reading feel more like a chore. This year we will be providing a notes sheet to facilitate discussion. Students should plan to jot notes, complete annotations, and do other writing to help them remember the points they wish to discuss, but no formal writing will take place connected to this assignment. After all, how many of us pick up a book to enjoy and then write a report? Well, most of us don’t, anyway. Students should write what they need to make the discussion more enjoyable. This notes paper will be provided with the summer reading book, and students will return both at the end of the discussion group.
This is our second year. We learned a lot from our first attempt, but we expect there will still be a few bumps in the road. One of the bumps from last year was students switching books over the summer. We were unable to plan for group sizes when that happened, which made some too large and others too small. If you really want to switch we ask that you have your parent/guardian email Ms. Wheaton over the summer to get approval first (firstname.lastname@example.org). If there are things you really loved or really didn’t, please complete our feedback form in the fall. We want Monomoy to have the best program possible, and we can only make it better with your guidance. Thanks in advance for your participation!