GCISD Summer Reading Assignment


It's all about choice in 2017!

Why is GCISD doing this?

Students who read over the summer are more successful during the school year. Students who have a choice in what they read are more likely to read over the summer. Thus, it is only logical that if we want students to read more during the summer, we let them make reading choices.

How is this going to work?

During the last few weeks of the school year, English/Language Arts teachers will help students create a list of books they would like to read. Some of these books may be available electronically through GCISD libraries and others may be available at the public libraries. The goal is for students to read as much as possible between the last day of school and the first day of school.

Is there any accountability? (How will this be graded?)

Since students will be reading from a wide variety of books, teachers will be starting the school year by discussing the summer reading students have done. The conversations and any related assignments will be more about what students have learned from their reading than about particular aspects of a common text.

How does this relate to the GCISD Book Challenge?

The GCISD Reads book challenge will continue next year. Students may choose from one of three types of book challenges:

  1. 25 Book Challenge
  2. Page Challenge
  3. Genre Challenge
Reading for the GCISD Reads book challenge can take place between June 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018. Details about the book challenge options can be found here. Summer reading (2017) WILL count toward the GCISD READS challenge!

Where can I get good book recommendations?

Visit the Texas Library Association site for a comprehensive list of quality literature.

Visit the Mensa site for a list of titles for readers who are more advanced.

Visit the SYNC site for free audiobook downloads during the summer months (for students ages 13+).

Visit the commercial sites Goodreads.com or Biblionasium.com for popular titles and reviews.

Colleyville Public Library

Euless Public Library

Grapevine Public Library

Students in 11-12th grade who are enrolled in AP English classes for the fall ought to consult with teachers for recommended reading lists.

* It is advised that parents take an active role in helping students select material to ensure appropriate content for age/needs.

Be sure to Tweet about your reading: #GCISDReads

GCISD Humanities Department

Please direct any questions about summer reading to your child's teacher or to the GCISD Humanities Department.