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In preparation for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year, we have implemented our new summer reading program. The program requires all sixth and seventh graders to read one book over the summer.  Additionally, eighth grade students selected to be in Honors English -- chosen based upon MAP, KPREP data, grades and teacher recommendations -- will also be required to read one book over the summer. 


We believe that reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn in school. Like all skills, students become better readers with consistent practice. We encourage you to have clear expectations for your child in regard to summer reading in order to avoid “summer slide” - the tendency for students to lose some of the reading achievement gains they made during the previous school year. We are going to have expectations for your students in regard to summer reading as well.


This year’s selections for the respective grade levels are:

6th grade: Holes, by Louis Sachar

7th grade: Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

Honors 8th grade: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi


As students read the novel, they will be expected to use reading strategies (inference, prediction, connection) to make sense of the text. Every few chapters, students will also be required to write a brief summary of what they read to retain information. This assignment will be due the first Friday of school, August 17th. In addition to this assignment, students will use information from the text throughout their first unit of study next school year.

There are several ways to gain access to the novel:

¨ Purchase the novel on your own (ebook or print)

¨ Check the book out from GCMS

Letters went home to all students during the last week of school.   Books are available in the front office from 7:30-4:00 Monday through Friday through mid-June.  Please see the attachments for the written assignments.

Happy reading! 


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