The Cobb County School District’s Library Media Education and English Language Arts Departments have partnered with the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS), Marietta City Schools, and Smyrna Public Library to provide complementary summer reading programs for Grades 6-12. The theme for this summer’s teen reading program is “Spark a Reaction.” (based on the Collaborative Summer Library Program, an organization used by public libraries in all 50 states).
To participate in the school and/or public library programs:
READ! A suggested reading list is attached, but a student may read any age and level-appropriate book of his/her choice. Consult your public librarian for additional recommendations.
If students want to be eligible to win prizes, online forms need to be submitted and printed forms need to be returned by July 31 for CCPLS and by the first week of school for school libraries. For more information about the CCPLS Summer Reading Program, click here.
The more you read and turn in, the more you have a chance to win! (10 entry maximum for CCPLS).
Research consistently shows a correlation between summer reading participation and student achievement but only when parents, educators, and community members provide access to books and support with comprehension. According to James Kim, assistant professor at Harvard University, “voluntary summer reading programs can work—but they work best when adults and teachers get involved by helping students to choose appropriate books and employ simple techniques to improve skill and understanding,” (source)
For more information regarding these programs, contact your local school or public librarian, and remember, reading books will “Spark a Reaction!”
Summer Reading Requirement for Rising 7th & 8th Graders
Summer reading is important for middle school students. It helps foster a lifelong love of reading and helps students maintain the gains in reading comprehension skills they have made during the school year. For this reason, we will require all rising 7th & 8th graders to read a minimum of one book this summer. While there will be no formal requirement for rising 6th graders, we strongly encourage allof our students to read over the summer.
McClure students will choose at least one age-appropriate and level-appropriate book to read this summer. They may wish to consult the Suggested Summer Reading List, which can be found on the McClure website, but are not limited to the titles and authors listed. Students should choose ‘new’ books to read rather than reread titles they have read in the past. We encourage parents to take an active role in helping students make good book choices. Please take into consideration each child’s reading maturity and interests.
Students do not need to complete a formal written assignment about the books, but they need to come to school in August ready to participate in assignments and activities based on the books. Students will need to bring one of the books with them to school in August.
Once upon a time, a helpful media specialist took on the challenge to help a fabulous sixth grade language arts instructor teach her students about the exciting topic of types of literature in the Oral Tradition-(otherwise known as the art of storytelling).
Using the link above, you will complete several tasks:
EVERYONE will complete Tasks #1 & #2, using the handouts provided.
TASK #3 is FREE CHOICE! You may choose to complete any two of the five options provided. You may use your own paper or may type your responses on Microsoft Word (If you do NOT change any of the font settings!!!) Make sure you put your name on your papers!
*Well, kind of social…see, we like to block social media stuff around here
So, for your independent reading project, you’re going pretend that you are the main character of your book and choose a social media platform with which to pretendto share their feelings and life. Choose wisely:
Download the template for your chosen social media format: