Summer Reading Assignment

Summer Reading Assignment
Posted on 05/16/2022
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Mandalay Summer Reading 2022

Read 2 or more books over summer break!

For every book you read fill out this short form:

Prizes for students & grade levels with the most books read in the fall!

What you'll need for the form:

Book title, author, genre, Your rating, 2-3 sentences about the book, & link to book cover image (if possible).

Why Read Information

Why Read? What is the summer slide & why does it matter?

“Summer slide” is the tendency for students to lose some of the achievement gains they made during the previous school year due to a lack of reading during the summer months. A University of Tennessee, Knoxville, research study shows that children who don't read over the summer lose at least two months of reading development. On the other hand, students who do read over the summer may gain a month of proficiency in reading.

Reading just 4 to 6 books over the summer has the potential to prevent a decline in reading achievement scores from the spring to the fall, so even small steps are very beneficial.

Just 6 minutes a day can change your course...
Results from the world’s largest annual study of K–12 student reading habits found that students who started the year as struggling readers but ended the year at or above benchmark each day read just six more minutes than struggling readers who did not meet benchmark.

Reading and Your Future
Recent research proves that written communication skills are at the top of employers' wish lists. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 73.4% of employers want a candidate with strong written communication skills. One employer said, "Clear writing is a sign of clear thinking." As studies show, we learn to write by reading!

The Difference
Students who choose what they read and have an informal environment for reading are more motivated, read more, and show greater language and literacy development. Literacy skills allow students to seek out information, explore subjects in-depth, and gain a deeper understanding of the world around them.

Fiction Helps us Practice Empathy
Oatley, a cognitive psychologist states that when you read and relate to characters, you build your empathy as you start to consider their goals and not just your own. According to an article in Scientific America, reading improves our ability to know what others are thinking and doing. They went on to say, reading teaches us values about social behavior and helps understand those that are different from ourselves.

Mental and Physical Health
Studies have shown that those who read for pleasure have higher levels of self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with difficult situations. Reading for pleasure was also associated with better sleeping patterns. Adults who read for just 30 minutes a week are 20% more likely to report greater life satisfaction.

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