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Summer Reading

Pentucket Reads 2018

Pentucket Reads is a program that promotes reading throughout the summer in order to keep students’ skills from sliding while they are not in school.  Laurie Calvert, a teacher who is working as the Director of Teacher Outreach at ED, wrote an academic thesis on improving summer reading programs at her North Carolina high school: “It’s like if you play an instrument but put it down for three months. You’re not going to be as good as a person who continues to play the instrument over those three months.” However, this “summer slide” can be avoided by ensuring that children are as engaged as possible in whatever they choose to read—just as long as they’re reading every day. “Anything that keeps students reading works,” Calvert said. “‘The more engaged you are in the text, the closer you’re going to read it. The closer you read it, the more you comprehend. And that process grows your skill.”   Our hope is that students will read their assigned book over the summer and come back to school in September ready to continue their learning.


This year for Pentucket Reads, each grade has a different assignment.  The majority of students will be reading a common novel, depending on the grade or the course they are taking.  This mirrors what many colleges across the country are requiring for incoming freshmen. The books chosen are all engaging literature.  Students will discuss the book they read in the first week of school. The themes and issues presented in these novels will serve as an introduction to their study of literature throughout the school year.  


Students have all been given the assignments in their current English classes.  You can also access the assignments by clicking on the course that your child will be taking next year.


Happy reading, everyone!