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How’s That Summer Reading Coming Along?

How’s That Summer Reading Coming Along?
Posted on 08/01/2017

How’s That Summer Reading Coming Along?

High school students must complete summer reading and assignments for the 2017-2018 school year. 

Girl Selecting Book In Library

School is almost back in session. The new academic year kicks off Monday, August 21. High School students have three weeks once school starts to complete their summer reading.

Summer reading is required for all high school students in regular and advanced English courses. Student must submit their written assignments to their English teachers by the deadline.

The required reading keeps Aldine ISD students engaged throughout the summer. According to Cindy Benge, students that read during the summer are better prepared for academic work in the fall. Benge serves as the program director of high school language arts. Boy Reading

“Summer reading requirements are an antidote to summer reading loss,” said Benge. “The requirements help students retain knowledge and skills gained during the year. Studies show that students who read during the summer actually show gains in academics.”




In the spring semester, English teachers notified and had students sign a form indicating they are aware of the high school summer required reading responsibility.

Who must fulfill the summer reading requirements? …  Fahrenheit-451-Book

  • Students enrolled in regular English courses
  • Students enrolled in Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) Courses
  • Students enrolled in Pre-International Baccalaureate (Pre-IB) Courses
  • Students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • Students enrolled in Gifted and Talented (GT) Classes
  • Students enrolled in International Baccalaureate (IB) Classes
  • Students enrolled in Dual Credit English Classes

(Click here to go directly to AISD website pages regarding summer reading requirements.)


Benge stressed the importance of reading as well as how it develops students’ literacy skills.

“Reading during the summer is essential to literacy development,” Benge said. “Reading is the most powerful tool available for building vocabulary. Reading also improves the ability to read, write, spell and comprehend. The more students read, the better readers and writers they become.”


AISD Summer Reading Requirements (click here to go to site)

The summer reading assignments target students entering Ninth Grade English 1, 10th Grade ENGL 2, 11th Grade ENGL 3 and 12th Grade ENGL 4.

  • Students in regular English classes (Grades 9-12) must read at least three (3) books.
  • - Students must read one (1) book from the reading list (within the packet) or one (1) from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Book Award lists.
    - They must also read two (2) personal choice books. Students can choose self-selected books from one of the suggested reading lists online.
  • Students entering ninth grade in advanced academic English courses (Pre-AP, Pre-IB, GT, dual credit, AP and IB) must read at least five (5) books.
  • - Students must read two (2) books from the list within the packet.
    - They must also read three (3) personal choice books. Students can choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists online.
  • Students entering Grades 10-12 in advanced academic English courses (Pre-AP, Pre-IB, GT, dual credit, AP and IB) must read at least five (5) books.
  • - Students must read one (1) book from each of the three lists provided in the packet.
    - They must also read two (2) personal choice books. Students can choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists online.
  • Students must complete reading assignments as part of the reading requirements. Students must submit the assignments within the first three weeks of the 2017-2018 school year.
  • Students may not choose a book they have submitted for past summer reading assignments or that they have read in a class.
  • Students will keep their summer reading documentation in their writing folder or on Google Drive.
  • Students must turn in the cover sheet of the reading packet with their reading responses.

  • A student’s critical reading skills are fundamental to academic success and essential to continued success in college.

    Students can go to the District website to download the specific reading requirements. The documents include writing assignments they must fulfill. Within each packet, students will also find the required reading lists. They will also find a page to choose self-selected books from the suggested reading lists.

    Students can complete and submit the assignments in person to their English teacher. Students can also choose to fill out the document provided on Google Drive (each packet has a link).

    Students could buy books on their own. They can also visit their local public library to check books out. The District again opened many campus libraries during the month of June as another option for students. Benge related that students could also download eBooks from Aldine ISD Library Services webpages.

    Benge added that several of the required and recommended books selections are contemporary books. But there are also many classic masterpieces that are excellent for college-bound students and recommended by the College Board. View examples such as “101 Great Books” and “List Challenges.

    “We want and encourage students to read books that interest them,” Benge said. “We provided a wide array of choices for students to consider. I do hope students who are thinking about college consider reading the classics.

    “There are tales of romance, war, adventure, courage and much more. Some will become their favorite books.

    “The complex writing and topics of the classics prepare the students for college–level work. Again, we have given students plenty of selections to pick from this summer to enjoy.”

    So don’t forget to complete your summer reading assignments!