School is almost back in session. The new academic year kicks off Monday, August 21. High School students have three weeks once school starts to complete their summer reading.
Summer reading is required for all high school students in regular and advanced English courses. Student 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.
“Summer reading requirements are an antidote to summer reading loss,” said Benge. “The requirements help students retain knowledge and skills gained during the year. Studies show that students who read during the summer actually show gains in academics.”
Benge stressed the importance of reading as well as how it develops students’ literacy skills.
“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.”
The summer reading assignments target students entering Ninth Grade English 1, 10th Grade ENGL 2, 11th Grade ENGL 3 and 12th Grade ENGL 4.
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 can also visit their local public library to check books out. The District again opened many campus libraries during the month of June as another option for students. Benge related that students could also download eBooks from Aldine ISD Library Services webpages.
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 and recommended by the College Board. View examples such as “101 Great Books” and “List Challenges.”
“We want and encourage students to read books that interest them,” Benge said. “We provided a wide array of choices for students to consider. I do hope students who are thinking about college consider reading the classics.
“There are tales of romance, war, adventure, courage and much more. Some will become their favorite books.
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