Secondary ELA Summer Resources

School Stops in the Summer, but Learning Never Should!

Be a Reading Superhero this Summer!

Without the strict deadlines or content requirements that the regular school year imposes, summer offers students (and teachers) the opportunity to rediscover reading as a fun leisure activity, instead of something they're forced to do. An added benefit is that reading regularly over the summer months -- even "silly" or less serious books -- can help prevent the summer learning slide. So kick back, relax, and pick up a book!
Dav Pilkey: Be a Reading Superhero!

Frederick County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge

Take the Summer Challenge and see if you have what it takes to be an FCPL All Star in this free summer learning program for kids, teens, and adults. Complete 2 activity tracks online or with your gameboard to earn your halfway prize. Complete 4 activity tracks online or with your gameboard to finish the program, earn a free book, a scoop of Bruster’s Ice Cream, and entry into monthly prize drawings. Finishers can become MVPs by continuing play online for more chances to win prizes by completing 5 or more activity tracks!

Click Here to Register for the Challenge

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Recommended Book Lists

Perhaps your next favorite book is on one of the lists below!

  • A Book and a Hug
    Try these titles collected by a well-known book lover. Young readers can now write their own reviews of their favorite books.

  • YALSA's Teens' Top Ten
    Try these titles from the "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year!

Share Your Summer Reading

Share on Twitter the books you're reading this summer using the hashtag #FCPSLoves2Read. Tweet about your books and/or take pictures of your summer reading (#shelfies, #bookface, #bookspinepoetry). You will be entered into a drawing for a Curious Iguana gift card for each post that you tag correctly. Enter as many times as you like! The winners will be announced the second week of school.

Writers Can Be Superheroes, Too!

Have you considered Blogging?

Blogging provides a way to participate in a community through writing, responding to posts, and linking to other online content. Try creating blogs dedicated to a personal interest, such as a sports team or photography or the imagined adventures of a family pet. Check out online blogging platforms such as WordPress or EduBlogs.

Consider entering a Writing Contest, such as Letters About Literature.

Letters About Literature (LAL) is a national writing contest for students in grades 4 through 12 sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Every year, thousands of Maryland students submit a letter to the contest. LAL encourages young readers to write to the author of a book expressing how that book changed their view of themselves or the world. Fans of any genre, fiction or nonfiction, dystopian fantasies or the classics, are invited to participate.

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Privacy & Internet Safety

To help kids maximize the Internet's benefits -- while minimizing the risks -- Common Sense Media offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe. Which privacy settings should you use? What are the ins and outs of parental controls? Get tips on everything from the basics, such as smart usernames, to the big stuff, such as appropriate sharing.