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2016 Summer Reading Requirement


June 17,  2016


Dear MCS Parents and Students,


To promote lifelong reading and maintain literacy skills, students in grades 6-12 will be required to read a text this summer from a list provided by the district.  Each student is to select a text from the summer reading list provided, read that text, and complete the graphic organizer.   When students return to school,  they will turn in the graphic organizers and complete an oral presentation on the text.   The presentation guidelines have been included in this packet; however, students will not need to complete the task until they return to school.


Please note that the books selected for the lists reflect a range of text complexity.  Whenever possible, the lexile measures have been documented to offer guidance on the level of text complexity. The Lexile Framework for Reading explains that word frequency and sentence length are the two text characteristics that determine a lexile measure, but these characteristics do not describe all of the content of a book, so a student may select a text at, above, or below his or her recorded lexile from the STAR Reading Assessment in order to select a text based on content.  


Please note that all of the texts on the lists have strong literary merit; they do, however, vary in the maturity of their content.  Therefore, parents should work with their student to decide upon an appropriate title prior to making a selection.  Reviewing the texts by visiting either the Amazon or Barnes and Noble website would be beneficial.


The summer reading lists can be found on the district website and also at the Marcellus Free Library.  Students with a required reading list for their participation in either AP Language or AP Literature should follow the guidelines for that course.  If acquiring a text is a hardship for your family, please contact the DMS Main Office (grades 6-8) or the SHS Main Office (grades 9-12), so we can help accommodate your needs.  


We hope the assigned summer read will be one of many books your child will read this summer. Thank you for supporting our efforts to promote a culture that values reading.  




John Gizzi                Anita Pawlewicz            Ryann Riefler

Humanities Curriculum Coordinator    4-6  ELA Content Specialist    7-12 ELA  Content Specialist


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