Staff Station
2018-2019 Summer Assignments
On the attachments you will find the books that we are requiring students to read this summer as well as activities.  Please note there is a different assignment for middle and high school students.

Esteemed Parents,

Summer reading provides students with opportunities for recreational reading, individual exploration and individual as well as intellectual growth. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but students who continue to read actually gain skills. During the summer, you can help children sustain (and even strengthen) reading skills, reinforce their vocabulary, and highlight the benefits of reading for pleasure. Although children need free time, away from structured academic learning, summer is the perfect time to relax and enjoy the pleasures of childhood. So summer reading should be fun!

The following are a few tips to make summer reading enjoyable for students:

¨  Consider checking the book out of the local library

¨  Purchase online from reputable vendors as they may offer discounts or free shipping (www.bn.com , www.amazon.com or even www.half.com)

¨  Read together and discuss the reading selection your child is assigned

¨  Become familiar with the reading topic and offer opinions

¨  Set aside library time and read together

¨  Use the internet to become familiar with authors and styles

¨  Help your child define words s/he does not understand

¨  Provide highlighters and bookmarkers

¨  Offer space and time at home so that friends may come over and read together

¨  Ask questions like “what did you learn from reading this page or this book?

NOTE: There will be a table displaying the Summer Reading List and books for Mater Lakes at the Barnes and Noble in Pembroke Pines (across from the Pembroke Lakes Mall)

Directions:  Find the reading selection according to your grade level. Make an attempt to check the book out from a local library before making a purchase. Try asking friends in other classes or schools if you may borrow the title. If all these attempts fail, you can always try to purchase the books at a used book store in your area, read it off the Internet, or join a book club like those offered at Barnes and Noble so you can get 10% off your purchases; it will be the best money you ever spent. Build a schedule of readings. Try one or two chapters a week and move on from there. If the reading is not challenging, move ahead. If you find that you must slow the process by looking up words and phrases, then take it easy. After all, you have all summer.  

Once you have completed reading the novel, there will be a Novel Data Sheet or a Book Report Outline that you will fill in and bring to your English class the first week of school. Be sure to head your paper with name, date, and title and author of the novel you read. If you are unable to print out the templates provided, you may copy them (identically) on your own paper and complete the assignment.

During the first week of school, there will be class discussions and alternate activities that your teacher may assign for a later date. Remember that these assignments will constitute the first two grades for the first nine weeks of the school year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Ms. Zee Aleman, Language Arts Chairperson @ zaleman@materlakes.org



Zee Aleman

Zee Aleman, M.A. Ed.

Language Arts Department Chairperson