Why Summer Reading?
It’s hot. We’re having fun. We’re swimming and resting and eating ice cream and catching fireflies. Why should students do mandatory summer reading?
While we understand and value the ease of summer days, over 100 years of research show that, regardless of the form it takes, summer reading leads to academic gains which support students through high school and beyond.
NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association) reports that students who do not have educational activities in the summer – summer reading programs, library access, camps, family reading time – lose two months of reading achievement each summer (known as the summer slide). Students who take advantage of educational activities gain one month. Students who do not participate in activities such as summer reading can therefore lose years of previously learned reading achievement.
Summer reading develops other skills as well. Students will increase reading stamina, enrich vocabulary, strengthen writing skills, and build background knowledge, creating the scaffolding for many types of learning.
Since all types of reading help fight summer slide, please encourage reading for pleasure this summer. And while we understand that students may resist taking the time to complete our department’s mandatory reading assignments, research shows that such summer work can have a significant impact on students’ learning.
Thank you for your support and happy reading!
Bishop Luers English Department
Academic English 9 – Goodnight, Mr. Tom (Michelle Magorian)
Honors English 9 – Goodnight, Mr. Tom (Magorian) and The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom)
Academic English 10 – Flowers for Algernon (Daniel Keyes)
Honors English 10 – Flowers for Algernon (Keyes) Choose 2 of the 3
The Killer Angels (Michael Shaara)
Echo (Pam Munoz Ryan)
Academic English 11 – The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)
AP Language and Composition – The Glass Castle (Walls) and
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
Academic English 12 – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Mark Haddon)
AP Literature and Composition – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Haddon) and
A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines)