Denton ISD Summer Reads
As a result of campus closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, our primary goal is to support the health and well-being of each student. When it comes to learning this summer, our goal is to foster reading that enhances vocabulary, empathy, and background knowledge about a range of topics.
As a district, we know that the students who are the most successful in their courses read widely throughout the year, including the summer. We encourage students enrolling in honors and Advanced Placement courses to pick three to four books from the YALSA site to read this summer. We look forward to discussing themes, characters, conflicts, and more from these self-selected texts.
The YALSA (Young Adult Literacy Service Association) publishes a list of winners and finalists for their annual competition. Before making your final selections, be sure to read the descriptions of the books (located in the YALSA site or an online site such as amazon.com) to determine the subject matter that is appropriate for you.
A book such as How to Read Literature Like a Professor: For Kids by Thomas C. Foster may be useful in showing students how to analyze and synthesize non-fiction and fiction texts https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062200853/how-to-read-literature-like-a-professor-for-kids/.
Best Fiction for Young Adults 2020 - The site includes the top ten of the year, a long list, and winners from the past 10 years. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/best-fiction-young-adults
Non-Fiction 2020 - The site includes previous year winners from the past 10 years. http://www.ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction#current
If you have any questions regarding the above suggestions, please reach out to one of the teachers in the chart below.
We look forward to learning about what you read over the summer!