Summer Reading Assignments

June 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We hope this letter finds you well as we near the end of the school year.  Summer has arrived, and while we want all students to enjoy themselves with family and friends, we also know that it is crucial for students to read during the break, not only for enjoyment but also to keep their skills sharp.

This year we are asking our on-level and advanced students to read two books. One book is required and can be found on the Required Reading document. The second title can be selected from the Supplemental Reading document. Incoming grade 5 and 6 approaching level English students are not required to participate in the summer reading program; however, if a student wishes to participate, then they should try to read the required book. Incoming grade 7 approaching level English students must read the required novel. We have also included several links to practice grammar skills over the summer.

In order to retain and/or strengthen reading and writing skills, we encourage students to take notes as they read. When we return to school in September, students will work on assessments, activities and assignments based on the book, so please make sure your child finishes it by the end of the summer and brings it on the first day of school. Students will be able to use their books and notes for all writing activities.            

We recommend notetaking while reading to foster a deeper understanding of the text and to read with purpose.  For grades 8 and above we recommend using VIVA CAPS (a separate document). For grades 5-7, we have provided an annotation handout (a separate document). While we do not require students to take notes using either system over the summer, we strongly encourage it as a way to focus reading and increase comprehension. 

To build vocabulary, please have your reader keep a vocabulary log. This can be a separate document, or he or she can keep track of new, interesting or difficult words in the novel they are reading.  We have included a document with a sample vocabulary log.

We wish you and your child a wonderful summer.  Happy reading!


The GISNY English Department


Ms. Hegarty (Head of the English Department) can be reached at: