By Kennedy Curley | Staff Writer
At the end of each school year, students normally look to relax and enjoy a summer that doesn’t include any school work. Although most students don’t wish to participate in summer reading, and a lot don’t think it’s beneficial to one’s reading skills, there is evidence for the opposing point of view that believes summer reading is important for preparing students for their upcoming English classes.
Summer reading assignments are different for regular classes, AP classes and Pre-AP classes. Typically, a regular class would only need to read one book, while an AP or Pre-AP class would need to read two or three books at a higher difficulty. This is done to prepare the students for the amount of reading that will be done in the upcoming year and for the class reading levels.
Summer assignments aren’t designed to be hard. Students are only required to read a book or two during their three months of relaxation. There is plenty of time for students to set aside in order to finish their books before the start of school.
Most of the complaints about summer reading revolve around the idea that it’s a waste of time and it doesn’t do anything to help the readers’ skill. The point of this assignment, however, isn’t necessarily to dramatically improve students’ reading comprehension. The goal is to prevent the loss of reading comprehension and ease students into the upcoming year’s curriculum level.
“My mom used to have me read a lot of books when I was younger,” junior Connor McQuage said. “When I stopped reading for a while, I noticed that I read at a slower speed and had a little bit of a harder time understanding what I was reading.”
There is an argument that the books assigned in summer reading aren’t very interesting. That depends on the student being asked, but that issue could be one that could be more easily solved than the other problems.
Teachers know their students well enough to know what types of books their future students would most likely enjoy reading. The book assignments can be influenced by the students’ opinions.
Other than the conflict of students’ preferences of books, summer reading isn’t a harmful activity. While it’s not as beneficial as students think teachers intend it to be, it’s definitely successful in keeping students’ reading abilities at the same level and preparing them for their upcoming English class.