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Assigned Reading (whole class and/or literature circles/reading groups)

Each ELA unit in grades 6-12 is anchored by at least one extended text, which students will be assigned to read for in-depth analysis in the classroom. 
Teachers will select these texts from the SMCPS Approved Tradebook List Texts on the approved list have been vetted by a committee, which is organized and facilitated by the Supervisor of Secondary ELA. The committee reviews instructional forms submitted by teachers and makes a decision to include a text for direct instruction based on three general criteria:  alignment with the state curriculum (MCCRS), authenticity and currency/literary merit, and age/grade appropriateness (per SMCPS Regulation IJ-R). The committee will meet at least twice a year to review and approve new texts.  Use the links below to review which titles are being recommended for approval and which new texts have been approved by the committee.  At the end of each school year, the SMCPS Approved Tradebook List (linked above) will be updated to reflect all of the new titles added over the course of the year. Community members can provide feedback on titles being considered for approval by submitting the Google form below. Click here for the regulation regarding requesting reconsideration of approved materials.

New texts approved in 2017-2018
New texts approved in 2018-2019


Self-Selected Independent Reading

Ultimately, what motivates students to spend a lot of time reading are the same things that motivate people everywhere to engage in certain behaviors: They see a real-world value in the behavior, it provides pleasure, it is a means to a worthy end, or all three. To be successful readers, students must develop a desire to spend their own time outside of school reading an hour or two a day. Teachers may require students to read independent self-selected titles in addition to books that are assigned for direct instruction.  In some cases, teachers will provide recommended titles that align to instructional standards or unit themes.  Parents can check the approved reading list to see if any of the recommended titles are there.  We strongly encourage parents to review self-selected reading choices with their children to ensure that students are reading books that align with their maturity level.