Summer Reading 2018

Hello!

I'm Mr. Miller, your ninth grade English Language Arts teacher. I look forward to working with you next year! We will be reading a variety of texts in the following school year including graphic novels, whole class novels, book clubs, young adult literature, plays, and digital texts. Right now it's summer and realize the need to take a break from school work, but I'd still love for you to read because reading shouldn't be confined to the walls of a classroom.

Please note that summer reading is optional. However, reading is good for the heart and soul. I encourage you to read any book of your choosing over the summer. Then, if you found the book compelling, please let me know. I love talking books, and I love finding new books to incorporate into the classroom. Some of my favorite texts have actually been recommendations from former students.

While you're more than welcome to read any book of your choosing, I find one of books' greatest strength if their ability to offer us insight into folks who are different than us. We'll be using literature as a vehicle to discuss broader social issues within our lives and world during the school year. You can familiarize yourself with the unfamiliar through reading this summer.

The "We Need Diverse Books" campaign is a great place to start if you're looking to find texts written by people whose experiences in life are different from yours. You can watch the video next to this paragraph to learn more about the campaign. You may notice some familiar authors' faces and names in the video.


I'm also a big fan of the "Reading Without Walls" challenge spearheaded by author Gene Luen Yang. You'll become familiar with Yang's work when we read his graphic novel, American Born Chinese, at the beginning of the year. To find out more about the challenge you can click here or watch the video located next to this paragraph. You can complete some of the "Reading Without Walls" activities if you'd like! These activities can be good starting points for me discussion with peers and myself. Again, this process is completely optional.

For me, one benefit of the summer break is having the time to catch up on my "to read" list (which somehow never ends). If you'd like to know what I'm reading (or curious in reading!) then you can always check up on me via Twitter. I try and tweet out any books that look of interest or insights from authors or organizations that follow book releases more closely than myself. I definitely plan on reading Mark Oshiro's Anger if a Gift, Brandy Colbert's Finding Yvonne, and Sara Saedi's Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card this summer. I imagine I'll be tweeting about it frequently!

I hope your summer is rejuvenating and exciting. I look forward to getting to know you better as a student and as a person. Please do not fret to reach out to me via email (cmiller@pky.ufl.edu) if you have any questions, comments, concerns or want to chat.

Best,

Mr. Miller