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Summer Literacy Plan

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An easy, engaging plan to help students make reading choices to build summer literacy.

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Summer Literacy Plan

  1. 1. Teaching Guide Are you looking for a low-stress way to promote summer literacy? This summer literacy plan is a way to guide students and families toward purposeful summer reading. Students choose as many goals as they would like from the areas of literature, informational text, writing, and fluency. In the Classroom Your first step is to discuss thesummer reading plan with your students. The plan begins by having studentsreflect on their growth as readers. Thisis a time to celebrateprogressand help studentsto see how your carefully planned instructionhasguided them! Then, studentsselect goals in each section. The four sectionsare literature, informationaltext, writing, and fluency. The goals are fairly open-ended and have lots of room for interpretation. Thisisto help readersof all abilitylevels to find success. Don’t worry—thereis a spacefor teacher signature, so you can always work with students to fine tune their goals. Students taketheir plans home to sharewith their parents. A parent letter helps to explainthe program and itsgoals. Parentscanadd their words of encouragement and support inthe provided box. Summer Literacy Plan
  2. 2. When studentsreturntheir summer literacyplans, make a photocopy for your records and returnthe originalto students. A good way to do thisis to place it in the end of year report card envelope. In the Fall Depending on your school, you cancelebratestudents’summer literacyaccomplishmentsina varietyof ways. A menu of possibilities is included. Your local librarysystem may also offer incentivesfor summer reading. The value of these activitiesisin the accomplishment, not in a prize or incentiveat the end. Even if plans changeand you cannot formally recognizewhat studentshave done, they will have learned and grown through valuableliteracyactivities. Fun Summer Literacy Blog Support for parentsand studentsis provided at thesummer literacy blog: http://funsummerliteracy.blogspot.com Thisblog includes links to book lists, author blogs, and fun activities. As a parent myself, my goalis to makesure that everything is appropriatefor readersin grades3-6. However, please checkthe blog before you share with studentsto makesure that it is a good fit for your school community. The blog will be updated throughout thesummer. Feel free to comment and share!
  3. 3. Name Reflect on your growth as a reader this year. This year, I have grown as a reader by: This summer, you can keep your skills sharp and have fun at the same time! Choose goals in the areas listed below. You may choose as many goals as you like, but you should choose at least one goal from each section. Literature Reading literature helps us to learn about stories, characters, and deep themes. Summer Literacy Plan o I will read _____ poems. o I will read ______ chapter books. o Author study: I will read ______ books by ____________________________________________ o Book to movie: I will compare a book to its movie o With a family member, I will listen to _______ books on CD o Reading chapter books o Using close reading strategies to find text evidence o Trying harder and more sophisticated books o Creating a research report o Reading multiple texts on a topic o Participating in readers theater activities o Writing extended responses to reading
  4. 4. Informational Text Reading informational text helps us to build background knowledge and learn new skills. Writing Writing helps us to share ideas, communicate effectively, and connect with the wider world. o I will read _____ informational books. o I will research and take notes on the following topic: _____________________________________________ o Developing skills: I will use print and digital resources to learn how to _____________________________________________ o Location research: I will use pamphlets, maps, and other sources to learn about this location: ______________________________________________ o I will keep a journal through the summer and write at least _____ journal entries o I will write a paragraph or more about a place that I visit o I will write _____ poems over the summer o With parent permission, I will start a blog and create _____ posts. o I will write _____ original stories o I will create a report on the topic of __________________________________ o I will write ________ thank-you letters
  5. 5. Fluency Fluent readers are comfortable with reading aloud and read with accuracy and expression. Do you have other ideas? Discuss them with your teacher! Parent Signature and Statement of Support Parents, show that you support your child’s summer literacy plan in the space below. Feel free to write encouragement, ideas, and suggested resources. Student signature Teacher signature o I will read _______ book(s) aloud to a younger family member per week o I will read _______ book(s) aloud to a pet o I will record myself reading aloud _______ times and rate my expression o I will read aloud ______ poem(s) per week Signature
  6. 6. Use this chart to keep track of your amazingwork over the summer. Week of Activities Completed May 31- June 6 June 7-13 June 14-20 June 21-27 June 28- July 4 July 5- 11 July 12-18 Literacy Plan Record
  7. 7. July 19-25 July 26- August 1 August 2-8 August 9-15 August 16-22 Reflection: Think about what you have learned and how you have developed your literacy skills. Literacy Plan Record
  8. 8. Dear Parents and Families, Summer isa great timefor studentsto develop their literacyskills! Studieshave shown that, when studentschoose what to read over the summer, they can improve as readers. Thisplan is designed to give studentsengaging, fun choicesof ways to build their literacyskills over the summer. Somegoals, like reading chapter books, are probablyfamiliar. Others, likereading pamphlets and maps, aredesigned to makethe most of ordinarysummer activities. Thereis learning everywhere—and it can be relevant, fun, and engaging for studentsand their families. As you and your child discuss the Summer LiteracyPlan, discusswhat else will be happening over the summer. Perhapsyou canjoin a summer reading program at a nearbylibrary. Maybeyou have plans to visit family or travel. These experiences canbecomepart of the literacyactivities. After all, learning is all around us. Resources, information, and activities willbe posted on the Fun Summer Literacyblog. You can find the blog here: funsummerliteracy.blogspot.com Your support is important for building your child’s literacy. Thank you for all that you do! Summer Literacy
  9. 9. Here are some ideas for low-cost recognition of students who complete their summer literacy goals. Reading incentives that are linked to more reading have been shown to be the most successful for students. Summer Literacy Wall of Fame Create a wall of fame for students who have completed three or more of their summer literacy goals. Include student pictures and weekly records. Highlight the books that students have read and the writing they have created. Recognition Lunch Kids love a break from the school cafeteria. Choose a room in the school that will accommodate students who have completed their summer literacy plans. At lunch, have these students gather for a special recognition time. Guide the conversation toward books and the reading that students accomplished over the summer. If you have a bit of a budget, you can buy a special treat for students as well. Outdoor Reading Time Time to read outdoors is always appreciated by students! You can set different levels of performance (one goal completed, two goals, and so forth) to be worth different amounts of outdoor reading time. Spread a blanket on the ground or encourage students to bring in their own beach towels for an afternoon of reading and sharing. Recognition Ideas
  10. 10. A note from the author I am a teacher and writer. I love asking questions about what happens when readers read, combing the research journals for interesting articles, and writing resources that will help all readers to succeed and grow. I am the author of two published books: Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling: Skills for Reading, Writing, and Test-Taking, and The Forest AND the Trees: Helping Readers to Understanding Details in Texts and Tests. Be assured that items that you purchase from me are based on research-based strategies and classroom techniques. The articles I write are exhaustively researched and edited. I use multiple leveling techniques to level my texts, keeping in mind that no one leveling system is perfect. I hope that you enjoy these activities and resources. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at elkissn@gmail.com. Also, stop by my blog for more teaching ideas. Visit my store

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