Bristol Central High School
Summer Reading Assignments
It’s that time of year again. Summer vacation – beach, sand, suntan lotion, summer reading project…hey! Wait a minute! Vacation means no school work, doesn’t it? As parents we look forward to a break from the arguments over completing assignments. Yet, is that really what’s best for our kids?
From as early as 1978, research has consistently shown students who do not read over the summer fall behind in their ability to read. More importantly, this year in the April/May issue of Reading Today, the International Reading Association noted, “Of even greater concern is the fact that these losses are cumulative, creating a wider gap every year…”.
Summer vacation is nine weeks; nine weeks is one full marking period at the high school level and over half of a marking period at the middle school level. What does this mean for our students? As with any other skill from shooting hoops to hitting a fast ball, if our students do not use it, they will surely lose it. As you know, literacy is a critical skill for success in the 21st century. In a world where jobs require more and more sophistication of skills and literacy, we owe our students every possible edge. Encourage your child to get involved in a good read this summer and complete our summer reading assignment.
Students entering grades 9-12 will complete a summer reading assignment for their English language arts class. Students will read at least one book. Teachers have put together a list of works for each grade they believe students will enjoy. Upon their return to school, students will complete an assignment based on the book they read. The Bristol Public library is working in conjunction with our schools to make every effort to have these texts available for students. Registration forms for library cards are available at your school office.
Students who will be taking Advanced Placement classes next year will be contacted by their teacher with information about their summer reading expectations.
The details of the assignments for other classes can be found by clicking on the links below. More complete assignments, including sample work and resources for social studies assignments are available in Bristol Central's main office.
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