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Summer Reading

Rochester Catholic Schools believes that reading is an important aspect of a child’s education and one that should take place year round. As research shows, the more students read, the more they will acquire a love of reading. This “love of reading” is what we want to instill in our students from an early age. Each year, we require all students entering grades 6-12 to participate in a summer reading challenge.

Grade 6

Before the first day of school, please read the short novel, Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt. Please select ONE of the three prompts and write a response explaining your thoughts on loose leaf or electronically. Throughout the summer, record the titles, authors, and page numbers of any books you read on the challenge log. Please bring your “Making Connections” responses and your challenge log with you on the first day of school.

  • Reading Power: Making Connections
  • Text to Faith - explain in approximately 50 words how an event from this novel connects to our Catholic faith.
  • Text to Text - explain in approximately 50 words how an event from this novel connects to another novel you have read.
  • Text to Self - explain in approximately 50 words how an event from this novel connects to your own life.

Grades 7 & 8

The 40 Book Challenge Continues!
The goal is to read as many books as you can over the summer! All students must read at least one novel during the summer break. That novel must be of an appropriate lexile level. Before the first day of school, please select one of the three prompts listed for ONE of the novels you read . This can be completed either on loose leaf paper or electronically. Please bring your challenge log with you on the first day of school.

Reading Power: Making Connections

  • Text to Faith - explain in approximately 50 words how an event from this novel connects to our Catholic faith.
  • Text to Text - explain in approximately 50 words how an event from your book connects to another novel you have read.
  • Text to Self - explain in approximately 50 words how an event from your book connects to your own life.

Grades 9-12

9th Grade: Read the book, Diamond Boy, and complete this assignment.
10th Grade: Read the book, Highly Illogical Behavior, and complete this assignment.
11th Grade: Read the book, The Glass Castle, and complete this assignment.
12th Grade: Read the book, The Kite Runner, and complete this assignment.

For the AP Literature reading and assignment details - click here.
For the AP Language reading and assignment details - click here.
For the Concurrent English reading and assignment details - click here.


Parent Information Night for Summer Reading & Spelling! (Grades K-2)

Please join us for a Parent Information Night for Summer Reading and Spelling for K-2 students and their families. Resource information and strategies from RCS staff will be shared along with how you can help your young student over the summer with their reading and sight words/spelling words.

Thursday, May 23
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
St. Pius X School

Handout from the session