What are your summer reading plans?
Do you have a stack of books to be read? A reading group that will meet? Regular trips to the library?
Why do you read in the summer?
I’m currently revisiting multiple books and chapters on “mentor texts”. I’m not reading straight through. I’m looking for specific details to flag and reread AGAIN at a later date. Reading for fun is off the list as the school year winds down and I prep for summer classes. My reading doesn’t stop. But I find that my reading shifts and there is a surge in my “Reading to Locate Information” habit that overpowers my “Reading for Fun” habit.
What do your reading habits look like? Do they change in the summer time? Do you make time for leisurely reading? How do we explain our “habits” to our students? Does all reading have to be “serious reading”?
Why should students read at home?
I’m sure that many of you are familiar with this graphic.
But what about this one that Donalyn Miller posted on Twitter this week?
The title of the graph is “Low Income Students Fall 2.5 to 3 Years Behind by Grade 5”. The yellow line shows the cumulative growth of low income students vs. the blue line for middle class students. Similar data can be found in this John Hopkins article, “Why Summer Learning Deserves a Front-Row Seat in the Education Reform Era”.
What should we do?
Richard Allington says that 80% of the summer reading loss is tied to income. That’s an astonishing fact that does seem to be supported by the graph above. His data from sending 10 books home for students in Florida emphasizes the importance of students reading ALL.YEAR.LONG! For more ideas about summer reading programs check out his book.
Additional resources from Richard Allington can be found on his website here.
Why is it important for students to continue to read in the summer? (Not necessarily assigned book lists- but choice in reading!)
How can we encourage reading ALL.Year.Long?
How do students become habitual readers?
Check out the writers, readers and teachers who are “slicing” here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place to share our work. So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!