There will be differentiated books and options for the anchor books based on difficulty level and material type for students to choose from each year.
In the fall, there will be inquiry based discussions led by homeroom teachers about the summer reading themes. This discussion gives the GHS teachers and students the unique opportunity to build community through the discussions. The teachers and students will be provided with questions and media resources related to each anchor themes and topics.
English Class RAFT
The students will also complete a RAFT activity in their GHS English classes that relates to their summer reading anchor book and theme. RAFT assignments encourage students to uncover their own voices and formats for presenting their ideas about content information. The prompts will require the students to think about various perspectives:
- Role of the Writer: Who are you as the writer? A character? A plant?
- Audience: To whom are you writing? A senator? Yourself? To a character?
- Format: In what format are you writing? A diary entry? A newspaper? A love letter?
- Topic: What summer reading theme are you writing about?
Summer Reading 2017 Note Taking Template
The double sided note-taking method and literary sign posts are a key tool that can help students engage more with their summer reading texts and help them remember the content. As mentioned in the Fall 2017, the students will have to complete a RAFT activity in their ELA classes, and their notes will be useful for this assignment. Choose one note-taking method or try both.