Summer Reading

High school students during reading groupEach summer students at DeForest Area High School have less of a chance to experience summer learning loss as part of the school’s Summer Reading Program.

The program, in its fourth year, is coordinated by a literacy committee, a group of reading professionals at the high school, who want to provide students with opportunities to read quality and engaging literature that will, as their slogan suggests, “share the love of reading.”

Before the end of last school year, eighth-eleventh grade students were asked to pick one book from a list of choices that they were to read over the summer. In September, all readers participate in a book discussion led by DAHS staff, and administrators..

The books were chosen by a group of reading professionals, and represent a range of reading abilities and interests. For a complete list of the titles, see the “Summer Reading” link on the high school’s homepage.

According to high school Library Media Specialist Margi Wachowiak, “There are several goals for the Summer Reading program. First, the literacy committee hopes to begin building a school-wide culture of literacy that emphasizes the importance of reading for enjoyment. Second, they want to prevent summer learning loss, and research shows that reading books over the summer is a good way to keep students using the skills they have learned during the year.”

As an incentive to participate, students who demonstrated that they read their books during the September book discussions were awarded a 10% extra credit coupon to be used on one homework assignment in any class next year.

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