Stamp out the Summer Slide!
The reading skills of students who don’t read over the summer “slide” backwards. When school starts in the fall, students who don’t read over the summer don’t perform as well in class as those who have read even as few as four books.
Don’t just take our word for it. Take the word of James Kim of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He found that regardless of family income, the effect of reading four to five books over the summer was large enough to stop a decline in reading achievement scores from spring to fall. As the phrase goes, “Use it or lose it!” Students at Rock Lake Middle School have multiple opportunities to Stop the Summer Slide!
Every student at Rock Lake is required to read and analyze a novel over the summer earning the appropriate number of points for grade level and course placement. If at all possible, please buy a copy of the book, as students will need access to it longer than the typical library lending period. Used or new is acceptable
First Day of School: Thursday, August 10.
Due Date: Monday, August 14.
Transfers: New students who enroll after August 1 should see teacher for due date.
Summer Reading Information & Worksheet - please click here!
Students earn points for each item that they complete. Some assignments are worth fewer points, but students will need to do a higher number to reach the required total. For example, a student in Advanced ELA for 6th Grade needs to earn at least 18 points. This student could answer two Level 4 questions (8 pts each) and one Level 2 question (3 pts each) for a total of 19 points. Or, the student could answer two Level 5 questions (10 pts each) for a total of 20 points.
Students should type their work (no handwritten submissions allowed) and submit via email or share via One Drive to their teacher along with the Point Tally Sheet (included at the end of this packet). Students will be shown how to share the assignment on One Drive after school begins. Level 6 items with physical components (ex. Poster) should be brought in.
If you have questions about the assignment over the summer, email Lisa King at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should receive a response within 48 hours.
You have lots of choices to select from in order to earn your points, so have fun!