Research shows that if a student reads 20 minutes each day (3,600 minutes in a school year), they will have read 1,800,000 words.  Reading increases the vocabulary, which in turn increases reading comprehension which is one of the major problems that our students have.  The more students read, the more they will understand, the more successful they will be on tests and in college and their career. 

    If that’s not enough, reading improves memory, concentration, and stress.  Dr. Jennifer Duffy, Graduate School Dissertation Chair at NCU, states, “Reading is a fundamental skill needed to function in society.  Words—spoken and written—are the building blocks by which a a child’s mind grows.  Reading is not only essential to a child’s verbal and cognitive development, but it also teaches the child to listen, develop new language, and communicate.  Additionally, books open a child’s imagination into discovering his or her world.”

    Top 10 benefits of reading every day:

    1.        Mental Stimulation

    2.       Stress Reduction

    3.       Knowledge

    4.       Vocabulary Expansion

    5.       Memory Improvement

    6.       Stronger Analytical Thinking Skills

    7.       Improved Focus and Concentration

    8.       Better Writing Skills

    9.       Tranquility

    10.   Free Entertainment

    This year for summer reading, YOU can pick whatever you want to read (fiction or nonfiction) as long as it is age appropriate and parent approved.  

    JUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WHEN you return to school -- that is, the FIRST week back, you will present your book in a book talk.  (See below for questions you will need to answer in your presentation and the rubric in which you will be graded.) Suggestions include: 
    Fiction                                                                                                            Nonfiction books                                                                                                                     
    Freak the Mighty - Rodman Philbrick                                                                  The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens - Sean Covey
    Mighty Max - Rodman Philbrick                                                                          Thinking Big - Ben Carson
    Touching Spirit Bear - Ben Michaelson                                                                Gifted Hands - Ben Carson
    Monster - Walter Dean Myers                                                                             Think and Grow Rich - Napolean Hill
    Fallen Angels - Walter Dean Myers                                                                      The Magic of Thinking Big - Charles Schwartz
    Sunrise Over Fallujah - Walter Dean Myers                                                          How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
    Bad Boy - Walter Dean Myers                                                                             The Richest Man in Babylon - George Clason
    Scorpions - Walter Dean Myers                                                                          
    Hoot - Carl Hiaason                                                                                    
    Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis                                                
    The Watsons Go to Birmingham - Christopher Paul Curtis                     
    Hatchet - Gary Paulsen                                                                               
    Brian's Winter - Gary Paulsen                                                                 
    The River - Gary Paulsen                                                                          
    Dogsong - Gary Paulsen                                                                           
    The Giver - Lois Lowery                                                                         
    Gathering Blue - Lois Lowery                                                                  
    Number the Stars - Lois Lowery                                                             
    Wonder - R.J. Palacio                                                                              
    Holes - Louis Sachar                                                                                 
    A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle                                                      
    Star Girl - Jerry Spinelli                                                                              
    When You Reach Me - Rebecca Stead                                                         
    Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
    The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau (series)
    The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
     The Lovely Bones - Alice Seabold
    Out of My Mind - Sharon Draper
    Okay for Now - Gary Schmidt
     Diary of a Wimpy Kid series - Jeff Kinney
     Percy Jackson series - Rick Riordan
      Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
    Uglies - Scott Westerfeld (series)
     Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
    Flipped - Wendelin Van Draanen
    Drama - Raina Telgemeier
    The Lion, Witch, and Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis (series)
    Among the Hidden - Margaret Peterson Haddix (series)
     The Island of Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell
    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
    The Maze Runner - James Dasher
    Smile - Raina Telgemeier
    Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer
    Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
    Twilight series - Stephanie Meyer
    Divergent series - Veronica Roth
    Book Talk Presentation Requirements:

    1.  Provide an summary (who, what, when, where, how, and why) of the text.  

    2.  Tell the themes(if fiction) or main idea (if nonfiction).

    3.    Write down the sequence of events and analyze/explain how these events interact and develop over the course of the text (fiction) or write down the supporting details of the main idea and analyze/explain how these details interact and develop over the course of the text (nonfiction).

    4.  Connect to the text.  Connect to yourself, another medium, or the world.  
    5.  What did the book teach you?   

    6.   Evaluate and reflect on the text.  Would you recommend it for others to read?  What did you like about it? Would could the author improve?

    Grading Criteria - 
    Eye Contact - Student looks at the audience most of the time - 10 points
    Body Language/Posture - Student holds shoulders straight up and opens body up to the audience - 10 points
    Vocalization - Student speaks clearly and loudly so that all can hear - 10 points
    Organization - Student is organized and logical so that others can follow along - 10 points
    Audience Awareness - Student is aware of type of audience by using correct diction - 10 points
    Followed Directions - Student answers all questions above - 10 points
    Content - Student answers questions correctly - 40 points