This has been another enriching and productive year in our Language Arts classes at TMS. Alongside the diverse array of instructional units at all 3 grade levels—from learning how to read critically with various “lenses” in the 6th grade to writing fiction like the masters in 7th grade and conducting research on a topic of personal interest in the 8th grade, students have had many opportunities to choose their own books for independent reading (IR). Now that summer is here, we want to encourage you to keep reading—and to read as much as possible. Instead of assigning books for summer reading, we ask our 6th and 7th graders to capitalize on the time that summer affords them and to read what they want to read. If you would like some suggestions, the following sites offer lists of what’s popular in Young Adult literature.
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) site requires users to provide some basic personal information before it grants access to their book awards lists. Once you access the site, you’ll be able to see current winners and 20 years of past winners of various book and author awards.
http://www.mymcpl.org/teens/recommended-books-movies-music-teens The Mid-Continent Public Library website has recommendations for teens who like everything from graphic novels and fantasy to nonfiction and humor. They even have a list for teens who “Hate to Read.”
For me, a good summer would include the opportunity to read whatever I wanted to read, not something that a teacher told me to read. If you are trying to become a better reader, then make sure you read books that aren't a breeze. They should be enjoyable to you, but should force you to stretch yourself intellectually. They should make you think. They should include words you don’t already know (and you should take some time to learn what those words mean). If you do as much of this as you can, you will be in good shape for another year of Language Arts at TMS.
For our 8th graders who are continuing to Tenafly High School next year:
Tenafly High School’s Summer reading assignments for students moving on to Tenafly High School’s 9th grade in September are listed here:
Ms. Aliki Bieltz
Supervisor of English Language Arts
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