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A Collaborative Approach to Summer Reading
This year, we are excited to offer a collaborative summer reading program with the Cobb County Public Library (CCPL) for grades 6-8. The theme for this summer’s teen reading program is “Beneath the Surface”.
The McClure Middle School summer reading program includes a suggested reading list* and a reading log. (Please note that these are just suggestions – students may choose to read any age and level-appropriate book. Consult your public librarian for additional recommendations).
To participate, students should:
- Read a book of their choice.
- Fill in the online form linked here to record the title of each book read during the summer -or- turn in a copy of the reading log to their school media specialist during the first week of school.
- To be eligible for additional prizes, turn in a copy of the log to any Cobb County Public Library branch, or use their online form. Any books read for the Cobb County School District program can be listed on the CCPL log.
Participants will be eligible for rewards and recognition. Each review will be used to enter you into the Grand Prize Giveaway of a Kindle Fire! Your chances of winning increase each time you submit a book review! (Up to 10 entries per person.)
Research consistently shows a correlation between summer reading participation and student achievement but only when parents, educators, and community members provide access to books and support with comprehension. According to James Kim, assistant professor at Harvard University, “Voluntary summer reading programs** can work—but they work best when adults and teachers get involved by helping students to choose appropriate books and employ simple techniques to improve skill and understanding,”
For more information regarding these programs, contact your local school or public librarian. Remember, books reveal what lies “Beneath the Surface!” For more information about summer events at the public library, please visit www.cobbcat.org/srp.
* Disclaimer: The books on the suggested reading list are just suggestions so students may read any age-and level-appropriate book of their choice. Please keep in mind that some content may be too mature for younger readers and therefore parental discretion is advised. See your public librarian for alternate titles, series, and authors as needed.
**Student summaries should include the major points of the book without giving away the ending. Summary should be between 3-5 sentences and should be the student’s own original work.
***While we hope that all students will choose to participate in the McClure summer reading program, it is a voluntary enrichment activity which will not be graded.