Sunday, 2 June 2013

Grade 7 & the GREAT Summer Reading Challenge for 2013

So here we are.

Just two and a half more weeks before the school-year comes to an end.  
June has waltzed in and will tango its way out of here before we know it.  
Just like that. 

Boy, time sure flies when you're having an interesting time.  
And that's what this year of reading, writing, analyzing, critical thinking, conversing, discussing, questioning, challenging ideas and well, learning in the English classroom has been like.  Interesting. Full. Rich. Intense. And hopefully, fun and challenging.  

So yeah, it's been really great but WAIT!...Before you say "no more books, no more teachers, dirty looks..."  here's something we, as an English department, are excited to be sharing with you today.  :) 

 *drum roll, please*

Your Summer Reading Challenge for 2013.

Bookshelf by Sally
Reading books you like in a thoughtful way
By following a reading trail of your own design

Step one: Choose a book you want to read as a place to start. Here are some great suggestions.
Step two:Think about something interesting - a theme or link - that comes out of the book. Ask yourself, “what can I read/view/listen to next that will help me explore this theme or link?” Start reading your next book or film or newspaper article or advertisement or website or anything that takes you further along your path.
Step three: Continue to follow the path of your theme. Keep your reading diet healthy and diverse. Aim to include: several novels, some non-fiction, some reading from the web, some film, something unexpected.
Step four: Keep a brief record of your journey. In August, your teacher will give you a task to do to introduce yourself as a reader based on this summer reading.

For detailed instructions, read here.

Here is an example of what your reading trail could look like:

Did you get all that? Please come see me if you have any questions.  I will explain the sample reading trail in more detail during class this week.  :) 

Finally, I stumbled upon this last Saturday and was stoked since we were in the thick of finalizing the reading challenge for you guys. How timely, right?  It's Lisa Bu's TED talk on how books open our minds.   It's a quick but powerful watch of what reading can do for all of us. Enjoy! 


  1. Hi Ms Paula, is it necessary to do this challenge?

    1. Hi Dhruv,

      Thanks for asking and the answer is YES! But try not to be so humdrum about it. It will be fun! Will explain more tomorrow and hopefully, you will get a little more excited . (fingers crossed).