Reflection: Joy Introduction To Summer Reading Project and Modeling Characterization - Section 2: Summer Reading List and Test

 

Summer reading sounds great on paper. What language arts or English teacher does not love the idea of students reading during the summer months? Many of us may have these grand images of students lounging around and picking up a book that we have assigned that they can't wait to finish. Unfortunately, this image does not match with reality. Some students cram through the book during the last few days, others read in when summer starts and have no recollection of it when school begins, and yes, there are some who google summaries online without having read the book.

It's important to think about why we assign summer reading and what books we are assigning. I choose books that have a wide variety of interest so students will be more inclined to read one of the books listed. I also don't make the list too long as it can be overwhelming for some students. There are great books out there that I purposely don't put on the list as I think students may need assistance in reading them, so I may encourage students to pick up those books during the school year when I can work with them as they read them.

I realized in my first few years of teaching, the summer reading is really an introduction to my class and to myself. Is it fair? Maybe not, but it par for the course. I have to keep this in mind whenever I revise the list. I choose books that are popular and that students may have already heard of so they can view my class in a more positive way.

 

  Summer Reading: A great idea or a flawed one?
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Introduction To Summer Reading Project and Modeling Characterization

Unit 12: Summer Reading Assessment
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Objective: SWBAT analyze lines of a novel in order to determine aspects of a character.

Big Idea: Using a picture book to model characterization: Finding the lines that reveal the character.

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