The Middle School Reading Challenge
Welcome to Middle School! We love to read and we read a lot! We begin our reading goals over the summer. Our Seventh and Eighth Grade Students will be taking part in a Reading Challenge this year and it begins this summer. I am challenging your middle school student to read more this year! The minimum requirement is 20 books read by the end of the year. The ultimate goal is to read 40 books this year! I know they can do it! The purpose of this challenge is to get your student reading books they might not normally choose and to increase their love of reading in different genres. This can be accomplished by reading over the summer, during independent reading time at school, Sustained Silent Reading, and by spending at least 25 minutes reading daily at home once the school year begins. Some books like shorter nonfiction books can be read possibly in a day or two. Some books will obviously take longer to finish. The best way to become a better reader and to build vocabulary is to read! My goal is to create lifelong readers!
Books they read in class count in their book total. If a book is longer than 250 pages it counts as two books. They must use the Book Challenge Log to make their genre choices. I have attached a reading log to this email.
Please help me keep your child on target by discussing what they have been reading at home and encouraging them to read this summer. They should also fill out the book log when a book is finished. Also help me motivate your child to complete the Book Challenge.
In addition, the students have been given The Outsiders (7th Grade) and Crossing the Wire (8th Grade) to read by the first day of school. We will begin the year by discussing this classic story. If you do not have a copy please email me. I can leave one off in the main office or you can sign one out of the library.
If you have any questions or comments please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your support.
Book Challenge Genre Breakdown
Realistic Fiction -5
Nonfiction (memoir, biography, and autobiography)-5
Poetry Anthologies/Stories in Verse-3
Students can access a new reading log by using the attached file.