The idea behind summer reading, according to Principal Patricia Montimurro, is to enrich your mind and imagination by reading quality literature.
All students at Melican were required to read at least two books before school starts; one a fiction selection, one a non-fiction selection. It is suggested the book selection are books that students have never read before. A comprehensive list is posted for each grade on the school’s website.
During the first few weeks of school, each student will be required to do book projects as part of their English Language Art classes. Although a formal book report is not expected to be done over the summer, the school has provided templates on line for story outlines and reading maps so students can make notes about characters, setting, plot, and main events.
The eighth graders must read either The Giver by Lois Loury or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury as one of their summer reading choices.
“We update the lists annually in the hopes of offering something for all kinds of readers,” said Montimurro.
Principal of Algonquin Regional High School Thomas Mead commented that “our reading lists for the summer tend to be driven by the teachers; for example, our Advanced Placement (AP) English teacher(s) will require students to do some specific summertime reading. “
This is the second year for the One School, One Book program at the high school. It encourages not only the students but their parents to read the selection as well. Reading becomes a shared experience.
“Ours is an adaptation of a nationwide campaign to encourage reading and discourse,” said Mead. “Last year we read The Book Thief by Martin Zusak, and this year we are reading Feed by M.T. Anderson. Through the brilliance of our book selection committee and their chair, Emily Philbin, we have been able to arrange a book reading and comment sessions with the author.”
That event will be held on September 9 at the high school.
The Northborough Library has had these selections readily available for students all summer.