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SUMMER READING 2015

All the information you need! 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

We are excited to announce a new, district-wide Summer Reading Initiative.  Based on feedback from parents, students, and teachers, the district has decided to enhance the summer reading program by allowing students freedom of choice and freedom from assessment.  This change is an attempt to develop more active and interested readers throughout the district. 

Research suggests that continued engagement with text is a necessary tool in developing successful readers and in closing the learning gap that develops between June and September.  Avid reading is also a necessary component to achieving higher marks in standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT.  

This summer, we are setting our students a goal of reading at least 3 ½ hours a week.  That works out to 30 minutes a day.  We are not, however, mandating what the students should read.  You and your student will find suggested lists on the North High School homepage as well as at the bottom of this announcement.  These suggestions primarily include fiction and nonfiction.  However, any reading is encouraged and supported.  This includes graphic novels, poetry, short stories, plays, and periodicals.  The students are then encouraged (NOT mandated) to maintain a log of their reading on a Google Form (linked below), which will be accessed by your child’s English teacher in the fall.  This link can also be found on the North homepage. No mandatory assignments will be given, although your child may be asked to participate in a discussion seminar about the reading done over the summer.

Please note that Advanced Placement Literature and Language and International Baccalaureate courses will be maintaining their summer reading requirements and assessments.  These can also be found below as well as on the school website.

Thank you all in advance for making this summer a time for rest, reflection, and reading!

Kind regards,

 

Karen Czajkowski, Department Chairperson, and all English teachers at North 

Clarkstown High School North

kczajkowski@ccsd.edu

845-639-6509


1. GOOGLE FORM TO RECORD YOUR READING (Non-IB or AP classes; you must be logged in to the STUDENT SIDE of your school gmail account to access)

 

Google Form to Record Reading (Log into Student Side)      

  

2. IB ENGLISH and AP LITERATURE/ LANGUAGE HAVE SPECIFIC SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS.

Please follow the links below for the classes you are taking in September 2015 and make sure to do the assignments connected to the reading. See Mrs. Czajkowski (kczajkowski@ccsd.edu) for more information! 


1. IB ENGLISH YEAR ONE:  IB YEAR ONE SUMMER READING 2015

2. IB ENGLISH YEAR TWO: IB YEAR TWO SUMMER READING 2015

3. AP LANGUAGE: AP LANG SUMMER READING 2015

4. AP LITERATURE:  AP LITERATURE SUMMER READING 2015

5. IB THEATRE ARTS  IB TA SUMMER READING 2015

 3. LINKS FOR SUGGESTED READING MATERIAL, non-AP/IB (or if you just want to read a good book!!) 

We encourage parents to share their love of reading by helping their child to select appropriate reading material.  The librarians at the public libraries will be able to offer guidance as you make your choices.  

Additionally, online booksellers provide extensive descriptions and reviews of books.  The following list of sites may be helpful in selecting your text:

Incoming Ninth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions  
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Change in policy regarding Research Papers:

As of January 1, 2013, the English Department will no longer be penalizing students with automatic course failures in the absence of a formal research paper. Students will still be assigned research papers, but the earned grades for the papers will be factored into each student's quarter and semester grades.  
    
 
 
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Parents and students, please check out this link.