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Students » Summer Reading | 2020/2021

Summer Reading | 2020/2021

One of the fundamental goals of the English department of McBee High School is to establish a reading habit in the busy lives of our high school students.  We want to develop reading fluency and stamina, which result in increased reading rates.  This will help students develop confidence, build vocabulary, and improve writing.  It is our hope that we can work together with parents to ignite and sustain the pleasure and passion of young readers as well as to instill a confidence in students as they build stamina for reading to prepare for college and careers. Because reading for an hour or two in one sitting is a basic expectation in college and is often required in any workforce-training program, we need to exercise these muscles to prepare our students to become competitive and successful in college and beyond. 

Middle School (6th, 7th, & 8th grades) please read at least 30 minutes per day. The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect on student achievement.  We would not want this “summer slide” to occur with any of our wonderful readers at McBee High School.   All students are encouraged to submit 10 reader’s response entries upon returning for the 2020-2021 school year.  The reader’s response entries are the teachers’ way to hold you accountable for your summer reading requirements.  Please bring your 10 entries with you to school your first week back. You will be expected to have read your 2 books prior to school. We have supplied you with awesome books to read. These entries will be a percentage of your ELA grade. Please feel free to call the school office with any questions.

(NOTE:  8th graders taking English 1 Honors need to use the Honors Summer Reading List – see below)

College Prep Summer reading will be based on student choice.  Students should choose two age-appropriate texts; this could be anything from mysteries to biographies to science fiction.  Students should research texts on their interests or through recommendations made by friends or family members.  By choosing their books, students are more likely to read rather than search the internet for summaries.  By choosing a book, students can see that a good book is more than an assignment.  It can open minds and provide experiences they would otherwise never come to know. 

The Honors Summer reading list is more directive.  The books on this reading list are chosen to prepare students for the AP Literature Exam.  Students that pass this exam can exempt English 101 and sometimes English 102.  Since the AP Exam is a nationally recognized exam, it helps our students to distinguish themselves in the college application process. We also are requiring students to read a specific class novel for the year.  These required books are books that teachers already use in class; however, having students read the novel before school starts will enable us to jump right into the material the first week of school.  The honors students will have a choice with the second novel.  A reading list is provided for each grade.  We strongly encourage that both parents and students work in collaboration with each other to choose books that are both appropriate and enjoyable based on their standards. We hope you talk to your children about what they are reading, and we recommend you read with your child so you can discuss any concerns about the content and foster a deeper understanding of an author’s purpose.  The best books challenge our beliefs by helping us see through different eyes — to live different lives: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…. The man who never reads lives only one” (George R. R. Martin).

If you are so inclined, please consider donating books you no longer need to our classroom libraries.  Our classroom benefits from castoffs. Better yet, schedule a visit with your child’s teacher so you can share a book with us.  We welcome guest speakers who seek to share their passion for reading.  Feel free to contact Amanda Odegard, English department chair, should you have questions regarding summer reading. Margaret Fuller once said, “today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” This summer the English Department sincerely hopes you continue on your path to success and that you do so with a good book in your hand.


Happy reading!

McBee High School English Department

Middle School Summer Reading
College Prep (9-12) Summer Reading
Honors (8-12) Summer Reading
Summer Reading Tips
South Carolina Book Award Nominees