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Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School Summer Reading 2014 program  

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Watervliet Jr/Sr High School English teachers encourage students to read over the summer.

Reading over the summer helps students maintain, grow skills

Summer reading is an excellent way for students to stay connected to literature, to enhance literacy skills developed during the school year, and to gain knowledge.

With these goals in mind, the Watervliet High School English Department provides a suggested summer reading list for each grade level. These lists include titles that can be loaned from the English department, free book downloads, and titles that can be obtained at the Watervliet Public Library.

Many of the titles on the grade level reading lists also can purchased from a local book store, if a student is interested. It is a departmental requirement that each student will choose at least two books from the list for his/her next grade level. Links to the suggested reading lists can be found on the sidebar to the right.

In September, students will be required to submit a completed task for their summer reading. These tasks will contribute to their first quarter grade in English class. It is highly recommended that each student come to school in September with a completed summer reading task. These projects are due no later than Friday, September 19, 2014.

Teachers in the Jr./Sr. High School English Department are avid, enthusiastic readers, who understand the power of books to change lives and are more than willing to answer questions about books and to recommend specific titles to students. We look forward to discussing summer reading books with the students in the fall.

The utmost care has been taken to prepare lists with a large variety of books appropriate for high school students, but parents should review the titles with their children and make choices together.

Summer Reading Task

Choose one of the following and complete the task for one of your selected books.


1.  Using a program such as i-Movie or Photostory, create a video presentation utilizing photos, images, and/or video. This presentation should provide a summary of the book, identify at least one major theme and explain how the author demonstrates this theme. This project should be saved to a flash drive or other portable media storage device, and brought to school to be shared with your teacher and class. This project should be no more than 6 minutes in length. You may also set your project to music to identify the mood of your text.

2.  Identify three songs that share the message of your book. Write the lyrics to each song and a one paragraph summary for each, explaining how the song’s message matches your book’s message. A recorded copy of the song could be brought to school with your summaries to be shared with your teacher and class.

3.  Write a song or poem that summarizes your book and shares its theme (message). This song/poem must be a minimum of 5 stanzas long.

4.  Create and advertisement (in print or video) that attempts to sell your book. This advertisement should summarize the plot, identify the main characters, themes, and symbols. If in print, this advertisement should be completed on poster board. If on video, this advertisement should be no more than 5 minutes in length.

5.  Create a timeline for the two main characters of your book. This timeline should summarize all of the important events that involve this character throughout the entire book. The timeline should be drawn on poster board and may contain pictures to enhance its appearance and your descriptions.