ABOUT THE RISD SUMMER READING PROGRAM
Current research* shows that giving students choice in selecting their summer reading books:
- Has a significant impact on their academic success
- Encourages the joy of reading
- Combats summer reading loss and promotes reading development
The 2014 Junior High School Summer Reading List is designed to provide students with a wide variety of reading choices. These titles include the 2014 and 2009 Lone Star Reading lists, which are created by the Texas Library Association, as well as classics not currently used in the English Language Arts curriculum.
ON-LEVEL AND PRE-AP REQUIREMENTS
Students who will be in 7th-8th grade on-level English during the 2014-2015 school year are required to read at least 1 book from the 2014 Junior High School Summer Reading List by 8/25/14. Students who will be in 7th-8th grade PreAP English are required to read at least 2 books from this list by 8/25/14. All students will be assessed on their summer reading when they return to school. Some books contain mature themes. Please discuss reading selections as a family.
2014 JUNIOR HIGH SUMMER READING LIST
Not sure what to read? Click here to view book trailers for some of the summer reading books.
Some of the 2014 Junior High Summer Reading List books are available in ebook form to students who were enrolled in RISD during the 2013-2014 school year. More information coming soon.
*RESEARCH ON SUMMER READING
There are a number of professional books and journal articles that address the importance of student choice in reading development as well as the importance of summer reading. Two recently published books on this topic are listed below for those who would like additional information..
- Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap. Edited by Richard L. Allington and Anne McGill-Franzen. 2013.
- No More Summer-Reading Loss. By Carrie Cahill, Kathy Horvath, Anne McGill-Franzen, and Richard Allington. 2013.