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Summer Reading and Tutoring Tips

Summer Reading

Even though I crave a summer afternoon of reading, I’m well aware that most kids just do not. I choose my books and wait for them with an anticipation like that of awaiting a midnight ice cream cone. Students generally don’t choose exactly what they are to read for the summer; they are assigned it, or they are tasked with choosing a school-sanctioned book from a categorized list. It just doesn’t hold the same appeal to them. So, I’m still trying to make school-assigned summer reading enticing to my own high-schooler. And the summer books need to be read, understood, and analyzed enough for students to do well on a book-test or project lying in wait in August.

Bottom Line: Reading is now looking at a page. Comprehension and Analysis requires engaged interaction with the reading selection. Read as: summarizing, taking notes, making vocabulary lists, brief analyses, plot lines, and time-lines.

Reading- Setting a Scene

My reader battles sudden, deep drowsiness when he lies on his bed to read. So a student could read best in a

  • quiet, comfortable place at home where he or she doesn’t spend a lot of time
  • At the kitchen table while dinner is begin prepared; noise tolerance a must
  • A home office desk

Remembering and Keeping Track of the Reading

Reluctant writersVoice Memos on a smart-phone. After each page, chapter, or reading session the reading records what he or she remembers or thinks is important. This can then be emailed. And from the emails- the reader can copy and paste it all in to a Word Document.

Techie Readers

  • Write summaries of reading sessions in to a Google Doc
  • Write summaries of reading sessions in the Notability App for ipads.
  • Create a slide-show or a simple slide-show-movie. After each reading selection, the reader types a summary in to Power Point or Explain Everything. The reader then narrates the writing selection in to the slide show’s voice-recorder. Readers can also create visual slides of images and pictures that have his or her narration of what happened in a reading selection.
  • Create a podcast of the readers’ narrated summaries in Garage Band or Audacity.

Notes- the Basics

  • Interactive Notebook. Readers keep one composition book only for the summer reading books. Summaries, Time Lines, and Plot Diagrams can be done and kept in one place.
  • Stickies App or Program for Apple. Readers jot down a summary and important points of a selection in a sticky. They can then be copied and pasted in to a Word Document.
  • Notes App for i phones. Same as above.

Readers Love Company

  1. Google Hangout for a reading group to write/discuss the book.
  2. Group Text. See above.
  3. Reading Buddies Q and A. Two readers with the same book take turns asking and answering comprehension and analytical questions about the book.
  4. Edmodo Chat about the book if the school uses Edmodo.