The Saint Patrick Summer Reading Program has been designed to connect students with an engaging, entertaining, and enriching reading experience. The book selections are developmentally and scholastically targeted to each of the four grade levels and correspond to each grade level’s Essential Theme. Encouraging Saint Patrick High School students to read is one of the many ways we are preparing our students for academic excellence.
Each student is asked to read at least one book from a preselected, grade-specific list. When school begins in the fall, students will start their English classes with a shared reading experience. Students will be ready and able to participate in class discussions, mock debates, scene reenactments as well as writing and project endeavors. In addition, guest speakers will be invited to provide students with real-world examples of the issues and themes raised in the summer reading books.
The reading process is best accomplished over the course of the summer, not in the final days before school starts. Classroom discussions and assessments will take place immediately upon the return to school. It is expected that students will be able to participate fully in the classroom activities.
Most of the books found on the list are readily available at most books stores and public libraries. Also, most of the books can be found in a digital format for digital readers, usually at reduced prices as compared to print books.
Throughout the year, students should be encouraged to read in areas of interest to them as well as periodicals concerning world issues and current events. The more that students read the more politically and culturally literate they will become. Their personal literacy is an essential part of their preparation for college and beyond. Studies have shown that independent reading helps students achieve higher scores on their ACT exams, especially in the English, Reading, and Science portions of the test, which are reading intensive.
Questions concerning the Summer Reading Program can be directed to the English Department Chairperson, Mr. Kent Doyle, by voicemail at extension 375 or by e-mail at [email protected]