WCSD Summer Reading Program
Philosophy of Summer Reading: Twin Goals
GOAL #1: Inspire a lifelong love of reading
The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Whether it is a mystery, a fantasy, or a "how-to" book, there is a book that will open new worlds for each of us. Summer reading is a great chance for each student to explore personal interests and find his/her own "just right" books.
GOAL #2: Promote and develop literacy
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~Joseph Addison & Sir Richard Steele
Early eighteenth century English essayists Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steele observed, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body,” and three centuries later we have research that strongly suggests that reading skills do indeed improve with practice and weaken when not exercised. Research shows that summer vacation often has a significant negative effect on student learning. Providing opportunities for students to read regularly during the summer can prevent documented reading achievement losses. The bottom line is that students who read during the summer do better in the fall!!
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Overview of WCSD Summer Reading Program
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- All students read at least two books
- Students read and think about the books they read over the summer
- Students share some of their thinking about their books when the school year starts by turning in evidence of their thoughts, reflections, and/or discussions.
Archived Summer Reading Resources
Though the specifics of summer reading (dates, assignments, etc.) have changed, below are some past documents and resources used to support the Summer Reading Program: