Our three middle schools have joined together to create a summer reading program for our students. After the elimination of our school library representative at the state Department of Education it was uncertain if there would be a state-wide program. Finally it was recommended that we try to model our program after the public library. Our million page challenge asks that students, teachers and staff record the pages they read during the summer and invites them to join our online discussion group on Edmodo. The students and teachers with the most pages will receive prizes such as books and gift cards to Barnes and Noble.
I introduced the 7th graders to the program today and some of the students have already gone online to join the group. As part of my summer reading introduction I showed the book trailers for the book club selections next year, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman, The Roar by Emma Clayton and The Heist Society by Ally Carter. Students also listened to the SC Junior Book Award booktalks on the iPods.
We have plans in the works for our middle schools' book clubs to use Edmodo next year for discussion and we will Skype with authors together. We are excited to be Skyping with Maggie Stiefvater and Patrick Carman. Lessons in netiquette and digital footprints will fit easily into these activities. We collaborated on a few grant applications and hope that one comes through to fund the purchase of the books and other activities.
What are you doing with your students for summer reading?