Dear Parents or Guardians,
Having spent more than a year in distance learning, the MacArthur language arts wants to support student academic progress in every way possible. With your help, we believe our Summer reading program can help recover some of the learning loss that may have occurred while the campus was shut down.
Literacy continues to be a major emphasis at MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School and student progress will be primarily measured by the Accelerated Reader program. Therefore, we want students to continue to read over the 2021 Summer break and be ready to begin school with a successful Accelerated Reader test. In order to meet this goal, students will be given a novel to read along with an activity to complete. All continuing MacArthur students will be tested on the Summer reading during the first two weeks of school.
The following books are assigned to incoming students and will be provided by the school:
- 7th Grade: Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- 8th Grade: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
To help aide with student comprehension, there are accompanying comprehension questions for students to complete.
With your help, students will successfully meet the Summer reading goal. Since school will likely begin near the beginning or middle of August, please ensure students begin reading the novel no later than the last week of July. For most grade-level readers, students will finish the book within two weeks, when reading about 30-45 minutes a day. Of course, the amount of time necessary to complete the book will depend on the individual student. Also, make sure students use the activity to help guide their understanding.
Besides the Accelerated Reader test, the reading activities will be collected at the start of school by ELA teachers. Individual teachers may include the assignment in the students’ first term grade, provide a reward for those who successfully completed the activity, or offer an incentive (e.g. a signature on the All-Star sheet).
Of course, reading should not be limited to only the provided novels. The more students read the more their literacy and language skills will recover.
Thank you for your continued support of MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School.
MacArthur ELA Department