The GDRHS English Language Arts Department requires students to complete a Summer Language Exploration and Reading for their upcoming school year. Because we know that many students are ardent viewers, creative writers, journalists, movie makers, actors, vocabulary vultures, conversationalists, storytellers, and more, we want them to tap into their passions, as long as they play with language. This approach follows the philosophy of Universal Design for Learning.
It is important for students to continue to engage with language during the summer to prevent losing some of the gains they made in their skill level during a school year. (Typically, students who stop reading, writing, and other language activities will regress a bit.) This assignment is a way to keep students’ language skills at or above their grade level.
All ELA students have an element of choice in selecting their assignment. Students in CP2, CP1, and Honors courses should choose one activity—something they will enjoy that allows them to tap into their interests, expand their knowledge, and express themselves.
Honors and AP students also have additional readings. The link to the books for those reading assignments are within the Summer Language Exploration Website.