ACCELERATED READING (AR) PROGRAM
AR is a computer program that helps teachers and librarians manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his own level and reads it at his own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children, teachers, and librarians feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.
Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.
LIBRARY BOOK LIST BY SCHOOL – Find out which books are available at a particular school library.
AR BOOKFINDER – See if a particular book has an Accelerated Reader (AR) test available.
AR LOG-IN FOR STUDENTS – While at school, students may log-in to take an AR test here.
AR LOG-IN FOR PARENTS – Renaissance Home Connect provides access to view a student’s Accelerated Reader (AR) activity. The site shows Overall Progress with the average percent correct, points, and average book level on all quizzes taken by either current marking period or by school year. It will not show all quizzes taken over multiple school years. Home Connect also shows the result of the last quiz taken. Parents and students can view “My Bookshelf” which displays the book covers of the quizzes taken as well as find more AR quizzes with AR BookFinder. Home Connect also allows parents to specify up to six email addresses to receive automatic updates on reading progress. To access: Log in use your student’s AR user name and password.
AR Prize Dates
November 17, 2016
February 9, 2017
April 27, 2017
GEOGRAPHY BEE PREPARATION (GEOBEE)
Elementary students can sign up to receive 10 new questions per day at the Geobee website, offered by National Geographic.
- 3rd-5th Grades
- 6th Grade Summer Reading List, update July 6, 2016
- 7th Grade Summer Reading List, updated July 6, 2016
- 8th Grade Summer Reading List, updated June 15, 2016
HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER READING
Freshmen English and Honors Freshmen English
The goal of our summer reading list is to encourage a love of reading. Students need to read at least TWO BOOKS over break; one needs to be fiction and one needs to be non-fiction. Books chosen should be based on interest and abilities. Parents are strongly encouraged to discuss specific titles with their children to ensure a comfortable level of exposure to certain topics.
So, what should YOU read?
What are you interested in? Choose something that is ability and age appropriate.*
Classic literature is always a great place to start when choosing a book.
Take a trip to the TC Public Library – there you will find a vast array of choices!
Browse bookstores, talk with other students, or simply check out reviews online (www.goodreads.com is a great place to start).
Email Mr. Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org). He is always willing to help–even during summer break!
Choosing what to read is up to you. Don’t feel overwhelmed by this assignment; instead, feel empowered. If you are looking for more direction, the following is a suggested list of titles you may find interesting.
*Amazon.com can be an easy-access place to start research when deciphering interest or ability levels. Refer to book descriptions and editorial reviews on this site.
Sophomore American Literature and Honors Sophomore American Literature
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Please use the link above to watch a short video giving you important background knowledge prior to reading the novel. The video addresses the controversy surrounding Twain’s use of certain language.
Junior British Literature
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Honors British Literature
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
Advanced Placement Language and Composition
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Senior English and Composition
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
They carried malaria tablets, love letters, 28-pound mine detectors, dope, illustrated bibles, each other. And if they made it home alive, they carried unrelenting images of a nightmarish war that history is only beginning to absorb. Since its first publication, The Things They Carried has become an unparalleled Vietnam testament, a classic work of American literature, and a profound study of men at war that illuminates the capacity, and the limits, of the human heart and soul. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. (from Goodreads)
Upon beginning classes in the fall, a unit on Vietnam War writing will start, which includes The Things They Carried.
Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (12th grade)
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
ACT TEST PREPARATION
You’ll find a variety of great tools here, including an ACT Question of the Day.
- Quizlet is web site that allows teachers and students to make on line flash cards and other on line “games” to help prepare you for a quiz, test or final. There is no cost.