If school is the buckle-down-get-those-assignments-done rhythm September to June, then summer is everything but that. In fact, summer is life after school. Student’s relationship with reading during the summer is a pretty good window into what that relationship will be once they leave our classrooms for good. We have an opportunity with summer reading to open that window to individual passions and interests and at the same time prevent the loss of achievement that months without practice bring (Kittle 149).
Dear Advanced English Students and Parents,
Congratulations on your decision to take an advanced English course next year! While we are in the process of winding down one school year and looking forward to a break, we are also excited and busy preparing for the upcoming year. The teachers of advanced level English classes across the district have been collaborating over the last several months to build a strong foundational literacy program to help you develop the necessary skills to become lifelong readers prepared for the rigors of college.
Of course, there are greater expectations of students who elect to take these advanced courses, but the rewards are great as well. Graduates often return to share their experiences after high school and how well prepared they were for college level analysis – both in written assignments and class discussions. The additional GPA points students receive on grades in junior and senior advanced English courses are an acknowledgment of the time and energy required by students in advanced classes.
Just as with athletics and the fine arts, consistent practice is essential to keep your skills sharp. Reading during the summer allows you to train your brain for the stamina and deep thinking that will be required during the school year. This summer you will choose one book from a preselected list that aligns with a specific theme. The reading selections and accompanying assignments at each grade level have been designed to be both entertaining and thought-provoking, while still staying within the expectations of your independent abilities. Our hope is you will find a text that speaks to your passions, interests, and curiosities.
Once again, we are thrilled that you are taking on this very rewarding challenge, and we look forward to seeing you next year!
SCUC ISD Advanced English Teachers