Dear Academic Approach Families & Colleagues:
With school e-learning ending and many long days ahead, we’re focusing this week on summer academic enrichment. Yesterday, we focused on math, the subject students tend to fall the furthest behind on while out of school. Today, we’re focusing on reading.
Studies into reading have often found that students do not spend enough time actually reading texts–even in school. Students spend as little as 15 minutes per school day actually reading texts in the intermediate grades. Time spent reading both increases students’ comprehension skills and allows for the acquisition of new knowledge from the texts themselves. The new knowledge then provides students with a broader understanding of concepts that allows them to access more and more challenging texts.
Recommended Reading Essentials
Ultimately, the best way to grow as a reader is to read more challenging texts. We’ve put together this recommended summer reading list–separated by genre and level. Though not comprehensive, this list can help students get started in selecting rigorous, challenging texts to engage with at home.
Opportunities for Learning with Academic Approach
We’re offering targeted programming to support students with their summer reading as they hone their skills in preparation for fall coursework. We’ll wrap a high-impact skill building supplement around a student’s summer reading to develop annotation and summarizing skills, essay composition strategies, and grammar skills for proofreading. As always, our curriculum and instruction are tied to the skills most predictive of college success in English and reading.
Matthew Pietrafetta, Ph.D., Founder & CEO