English Instruction Article - Summer Activities for Reading


Due to the lazy summer days, it may be a difficult time to keep student’s focused more on books and less on the beach, especially those days leading up to the new school year. Some students lose up to two months of learned studies throughout the summertime. The following strategies can be used to keep a student on track and engaged for the upcoming school year.

  1. Connect the books the student is reading to different summer activities. If a student is reading an informational piece about famous swimmers, take them to the nearest pool and practice some of the strategies in the text. If a student is reading a text about camping, set up a tent in the backyard and complete different activities that you would participate while camping such as roasting marshmallows for smores or reading a scary story with a flashlight. During the warm summer nights, you can catch fireflies and have the student find more information on them by visiting the library or using a computer.

2. Read a book together that is connected to a movie. Once you and your student have finished the text, plan a movie night together. This is also a great way for the student to analyze the difference between the text and movie without realizing they are actually doing it. They may say things such as “wow, that didn’t happen in the book” or “That house wasn’t the way I pictured it.”

3. When going on a trip or even just down the street to the park, bring a handful of books with you. If you are on vacation and the weather takes a turn for the worse, reading a story can be a great way to pass the time on a rainy day. 

4. Become a publisher! Have your student work on creating their own book. Find a genre that the student likes the most and read a few of those texts. The student can then create an outline of the different story elements they wish to include in their writing. They can read different texts throughout the summer to continue to develop their own story. This is also a great resource to use when students need to complete their book report prior to the new school year.

5. Sign up online for a summer reading challenge. There are many programs today that allow students to participate in summer reading challenges to sign up online, record the books they read, and even win prizes.

6. Have your student keep a reading or writing journal. The students can write about trips they took, books they read, or summer camps they went to. This process keeps students writing throughout the summer months.


English Instruction Article - Tips for Reluctant Readers

           For some student’s, reading can be a struggle. Some students have difficulties with the process itself and for others, it just isn’t something they enjoy doing. Here are a few tips on how to help those reluctant readers. 

1. Connect with the student’s interests. Students are more likely to pick a book in which they are interested in. Examples include specific types of genres or informational texts in which they are familiar with. Choosing something that is new may also spark interest.

2. Use technology to your advantage. With student’s engrossed in technology today, show them how they can download books on a mobile device to enjoy. It can be a simple picture book or a full length chapter book.

3.  Show students how reading can affect other subjects such as reading a math problem, conducting a science experiment by adding ingredients together or following directions on a map to find buried treasure.

4. Reading everyday can help boost a student’s confidence when they are reading. Shared reading allows the parent and child to not only read together but discuss the book and its contents. You can either take turns reading pages or read silently together, stopping occasionally to discuss.

5. Introduce the student to a book series. Explain that reading a series of books can be like watching a series of a TV show. Some texts have been transformed into movies which the students can compare the book to the movie.

Examples of popular children’s books that can also be viewed as a movie:

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