High School students must complete summer required reading for the 2016-2017 school year.

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[dropcap color=”#888″ type=”square”]S[/dropcap]chool is almost back in session. The new academic year kicks off Mon., August 22. 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 requirements target high school students enrolled in regular English or the more rigorous academic English classes,” said Benge. “Summer reading requirements are an antidote to [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]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.

Who must fulfill the summer reading requirements? Students enrolled in …

Fahrenheit-451-Book[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Regular English Courses[/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) Courses[/li] [li]Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB) Courses[/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Advanced Placement (AP) Courses[/li] [li]Gifted & Talented (GT) Classes[/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]International Baccalaureate (IB) Classes[/li] [li]Dual Credit English Classes[/li][/ul]

To-Kill-a-Mockingbird-BookBenge 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.

Summer Reading Requirements

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]For students entering Ninth Grade English 1; 10th Grade English 2; 11th Grade English 3 & 12th Grade English 4[/li] Mythology-Book[li]Students in regular English classes must read at least three (3) books. [ul class=”list list-arrow_blue”] [li]Students must read one (1) book from the required reading lists (within the packet). They must also read two (2) personal choice books. Students can choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists. They can also select books that have been recommended by a friend or teacher.[/li][/ul][/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Students in advanced academic English courses must read at least five (5) books.[ul class=”list list-arrow_blue”] [li]Entering ninth graders must read two (2) books from the required reading lists (provided in the packet). They must also read three (3) personal choice books. Students can choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists. They can also select books that have been recommended by a friend or teacher.[/li] [li]Entering 10th, 11th and 12th grade students must read two (2) books from the required reading lists (within the packet). They must also read three (3) personal choice books. Students can choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists. They can also select books that have been recommended by a friend or teacher.[/li][/ul][/li] [li]Students must complete reading assignments as part of the reading requirements. Students must submit the assignments within the first three weeks of the 2016-2017 school year.[/li][/ul]

[ul class=”list list-search”] [li]Students may not choose a book they have submitted for past summer reading assignments or that they have read in a class.[/li] [li]The district will keep summer reading documentation in each student’s folder or on Google Drive.[/li][/ul]

Pride-and-Prejudice-BookStudents can go to the [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]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 [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]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 [icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]College Board.

The-Grapes-of-Wrath-BookWe 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.”

So don’t forget to complete your summer reading assignments!



Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children

Girl-in-Library-1Instilling a love of reading begins at a very early age. Parents can help by making books available at home. Families don’t need to spend money. Instead, visit your local library and check out books for the entire family.

Pediatricians often recommend parents routinely read aloud to their young children.

[icons icon_name=”icon-external-link” icon_size=”14px”]Now, researchers have hard evidence that reading to children activates parts of preschoolers’ brains. It activates the parts that help with mental imagery and understanding narrative. Both of which are key for the development of language and literacy.

How are reading skills used in the workplace?

Employees must read and understand written information. Different types of workplace documents include work instructions, emails, memos, policies and reports. Professionals must scan for information and derive meaning. Employees must determine if the information is relevant or how they will use it. They must also be able to integrate information from many sources.

How important are writing skills in the workforce?

The National Commission on Writing conducted a comprehensive study of 120 major American corporations. It concluded that writing is a “threshold skill” for hiring among professional employees. Writing skills also give individuals a leg up on a new job or promotion. Two-thirds of salaried employees in large American companies have some writing responsibility. One HR manager stated that written material must be “crystal clear.”

Employers emphasize the significance of good writing skills for career preparedness. A recent Wall Street Journal article focused on “Must-Have Job Skills.” It identified clear communication, which includes writing, as the #1 skill necessary for success in the job market.