Why Read in the Summer?
We Want BPS Students to:
- Read for enjoyment - it shouldn’t feel like homework!
- Find something you are passionate about and learn more about it
- Foster a culture and love of literacy in Barnstable Public Schools
We strongly believe that all students should practice their literacy skills by reading throughout the summer. That being said, we as a department are not assigning mandatory summer reading, except for our Advanced Placement courses due to the breadth of material needed to prepare for the exams in May. Our first priority coming into a new school year is welcoming our students and fostering relationships in the classroom. Because not everyone has equitable access to summer reading, and because we welcome new students and families to the community throughout the entire year, we believe a summer reading curriculum can divide rather than unite a class at the start of the year.
We are passionate about helping students understand how reading can positively impact their lives by increasing your vocabulary, strengthening the brain, and - most importantly- building empathy. The best way to do this is by encouraging students to find those texts that they want to read, discover subjects they are passionate about, and create the curiosity that will support their development as lifelong readers.
We can’t wait to hear about what you discover this summer. See you in the fall!
How Will I Share What I’m Reading?
In September, students will receive project choices from their English teachers. Your teachers look forward to learning how you engaged with literacy in the summer months! Here are some ways you can share:
- Start a Book Club: With your friends and family, select a common book and have a virtual or socially distanced meeting to discuss! There are many options for discussion questions included with the BPS suggested read list
- Keep a Journal: Record your thoughts, reactions, and questions about what you read.
- Keep a Quote Diary: Keep track of the interesting quotes from your books and articles so you remember them in September
- Write a Review: Tell other readers what you thought about your book via Good Reads
- Follow the Author: Find the author on social media and leave a post or comment telling them about your experience with the text