Summer Reading 2021
Information PageIn an article titled “Slowing the Summer Slide”, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development noted that “elementary students’ performance falls by about a month during the summer…Most disturbing, it appears that summer learning loss is cumulative.” This means that students who do not spend time reading and thinking in the summer can return to school having lost skills developed during the previous year. Over time, the amount of information lost increases (http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/dec11/vol69/num04/Slowing-the-Summer-Slide.aspx). According to researcher Richard Allington, the best thing students can do to prevent the summer slide is to continue reading throughout July and August.
To prevent the “summer slide”, students who attend the Ewing Township Public Schools are challenged to read, write, and think each summer. This year, summer reading letters were posted in the teachers' Google Classrooms prior to the end of the school year and instant alerts were sent.
Summer Reading for Students Entering 1st - 5th GradesAntheil, Lore and Parkway Elementary Schools
- The books chosen by students in grades 1 and 2 can be read independently or can be read with someone else. The goal is to read...read...read, so reading together counts! You can even read books in another language!
- Also for students entering grades 1 and 2, websites such as Storyline Online (www.storylineonline.net) and Raz-Kids "count" as reading.
- The books you choose to read can be from those you have at home (but have never read before), books that you purchase, on From Mackin, or books borrowed from the Mercer County Public Library.
- Students choose their own books. Whenever possible, the book should be one that he/she can read independently. To make sure the book is “just right”, open it to a page in the middle and begin reading. If he/she makes too many mistakes (2 or 3 mistakes for shorter books, 3 or 4 mistakes for longer books), he/she needs to select a different book. That many errors may make it difficult to understand the book.
- The book must be one the student has never read before.
- The book can be one you have at home (but haven’t ever read before), one that you purchase, one from Mackin or one borrowed from the Mercer County Public Library.
For a copy of the Summer Reading Letter and List of Resources for students entering grades 1 and 2, CLICK HERE
For a copy of the Summer Reading Letter and List of Resources for students entering grades 3 - 5, CLICK HEREFisher Middle SchoolStudents Entering 6th - 8th Grades
Students choose their own book(s), but they cannot choose books they’ve already read.
The self-selected book(s) must be read independently. To make sure the book is “just right,” open it to a page in the middle and begin reading. If you don’t know or misunderstand 3-4 words on one page, you need to select a different book; that many errors may make it difficult to comprehend.
The book can be one you have at home (but haven’t ever read before), one that you purchase, on you access from Mackin, or one borrowed from the Ewing Township Public Library on Scotch Road.
Ewing High SchoolStudents Entering 9th - 12th GradesEach student enrolled in an honors level or Advanced Placement (AP) English class is required to read selected titles and complete a summer reading assignment, which is due to English their teacher by September 10, 2021. See the assignments for directions on how to post summer assignments to the appropriate Google Classroom. Students will receive an invitation to a Google Classroom by June 22, 2021. Please contact Ms. Graja at email@example.com if you have enrolled in an AP or Honors English Course and have not been invited to the appropriate Google Classroom.Summer reading assignments can be accessed through the links below, but MUST BE SUBMITTED IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM.Please note that many titles are available through Mackin or through the Mercer County Public Library.The Ewing High School recommended summer reading letter and list can be accessed through the following link.For additional information related to Summer Reading 2021, you can contact the district English Language Arts Supervisor, Sara Graja, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 609-538-9800, ext. 2156.