Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Reading

Community Solutions for Education's first project is to help our kids make the grade by supporting their summer reading assignments from the Jersey City school district. Parents, siblings, summer programs, churches, seniors, teachers, recreation leagues, social service agencies, businesses, and community people can make a difference by helping our kids engage with their summer reading. A good book gets even better when shared with someone who cares.

Book Discussion Guide

Grades 2 - 4
English flyer     Spanish flyer
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade
Stink, the Incredible Shrinking Kid
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Charlotte's Web
Megan McDonald
Beverley Cleary
E.B. White

Grades 5 - 7
English flyer     Spanish flyer
5th grade
6th grade
7th grade
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Esperanza Rising
The Outsiders
Scott O'Dell
Pam Muñoz Ryan
S.E. Hinton

Grades 8 - 11
English flyer     Spanish flyer

8th grade
9th grade
10th grade
11th grade
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Life of Pi
School's Out - Forever
Dreams From My Father
John Boyne
Yann Martel
James Paterson
Barak Obama

In June 2011, all students in the second to seventh grade will be provided a summer novel and Jersey City Kids Learn activity book. The activity book will give students daily practice in Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. The novels will provide an opportunity for students to become engaged in reading fiction. All books must be completed and returned to school by Monday, September 12, 2011. All students in grades 2 - 7 will also receive a comprehension assessment on their assigned novel in the fall.

All students in grades 8 - 11 will be assigned projects by their current Language Arts' teacher and a summer novel. Students will be responsible to submit their completed projects to their new teacher by Monday, September 12, 2011. The project will be applied as a grade for the first marking period of the 2011-2012 school year.

From the JCBOE Summer Reading Program page.


Community Solutions for Education is a grassroots group of Jersey City parents, educators, students, and other community members committed to finding ways to revitalize public education, renew our schools systems, and involve the whole community in the mission of education.