Summer is almost over. The new school year kicks off Mon., August 24. High School students have three weeks once school starts to complete their summer reading. They must submit their written assignments to their English teachers by the deadline.
The required reading keeps Aldine ISD students engaged throughout the summer. According to Cindy Benge, students that read during the summer are better prepared for academic work in the fall. Benge serves as the program director of high school language arts.
“The summer reading targets all high school students,” Benge said. “Students enrolled in regular English or the more rigorous academic English classes need to read. Summer reading requirements are an antidote to summer reading loss. By reading during the summer months, students won’t lose knowledge and skills gained during the year. Studies show that students who read during the summer actually show gains in academics.“
“Reading during the summer is essential to literacy development,” Benge said. “Reading is the most powerful tool available for building vocabulary. Reading also improves the ability to read, write, spell and comprehend. The more students read, the better readers and writers they become.“
Students can go to the district website to download the specific reading requirements. The documents include writing assignments they must fulfill. Within each packet, students will also find the required reading lists. They will also find a page to choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists.
Students can complete and submit the assignments in person to their English teacher. Students can also choose to fill out the document provided on Google Drive (each packet has a link).
Students could buy books on their own. They could also visit their local public library to check books out. The district again opened many of the campus libraries for the summer as another option for students. July 30 was the last day campus libraries remained opened. But Benge related that students could also download free eBooks from FolletShelf.
Benge added that several of the required and recommended books selections are contemporary books. But there are also many classic masterpieces that are excellent for college-bound students. Students can view a list of recommended books provided by the College Board.
“We want and encourage students to read books that interest them,” Benge said. “We developed and provided a wide array of choices for students to consider. But I hope students who are thinking about college consider reading the classics. There are tales of romance, war, adventure, and courage. I am sure a few will become their favorites. The complex writing and topics of the classics prepare the students for college-level work. Again, we have given students plenty of selections to pick from this summer to enjoy.”
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