WOIS Summer Reading Expectations

    Grades 9-12 – 2017-2018

    Join Class: 7dobn1 

    Learning Targets

    1. To increase my background and cultural knowledge via independent reading texts.

    2. To improve my reading and writing skills.

    3. To help me achieve NYS’s recommendation that each student read 25 books each calendar year.

    4. To continue to build my vocabulary.

          To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, poems, and myths from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, students build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background to be better readers in all content areas. Students can only gain this foundation when the curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across grades. Students also acquire the habits of reading independently and closely, which are essential to their future success.


    As you read, complete one journal entry each time you read. The number of times you read may vary for a variety of reasons. However, you must have at least 15 journal entries to earn full credit.

    • Each entry should include a direct quotation from the text, the page number the quotation was taken from, a brief summary of the passage, and a personal response to the passage.

      1. Your response may include commentary regarding the relevance of the text to the overall meaning of the story, a connection to an outside piece of information, an inference made, a prediction on the impact on the story, a question it provokes, or a comment on the specific vocabulary used (including a definition).

    • After 3 entries, you will be prompted to write a 3-4 sentence reflection on how the 3 entries of that section inform the central idea of the story. This is directly preparing you for the in-class essay which will be assigned in September.


     Grading: The Summer Reading Project is a REQUIRED ASSESSMENT, and will be factored into the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. The journal will be worth 25% of the grade, and the in-class essay will be worth 75%.

    Materials needed for your summer reading assignment: