Summer Reading @SDMS
SDMS Summer Reading Requirements/Expectations
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. Choose three books that YOU WANT to read. They should be books you have not read before.
2. Log each book (title, author, genre, date finished) on a paper reading log OR on an online Google Form through the Wethersfield Library and earn prizes!
3. Turn your reading log into your Language Arts Teacher in September!
Summer reading should be enjoyable and fun! That's why we don't tell you what to read--we simply ask that you pick three books of your choice to read! They should be books that you have never read before. We encourage you to read fiction and non-fiction and to choose from different genres. Audiobooks are a great choice as well! The author Sarah Darer Littman will be visiting SDMS in October so you may want to read some of her books!
When you finish a book, write it on the reading log or submit the information in the online reading form through the Wethersfield Library. Submitting it through the Wethersfield Library makes you eligible to earn prizes in their weekly raffles and your entries will be automatically shared with your teacher in September.
The completed and signed SDMS Summer Reading Log (OR the online Wethersfield Library Summer Reading Log) will be collected by your Language Arts Teachers the first week of school. Be prepared to talk about the books you read.
In addition, we are providing some fun enrichment activities to help you maintain your reading and writing skills and stay connected to other students.
Ms. Poulos and the Language Arts Teachers
Summer Reading Log Options
Students can choose one of three options to log their books for summer reading.
1. Use the Wethersfield Library Google Form to easily log books and earn prizes in their weekly raffles. Entries will be automatically sent to SDMS Staff the first week of school.
2. Print and handwrite the books you read on a summer reading log.
3. Make a copy of an editable Google Doc and type the information. Share the document with your teacher in September.
Summer Reading Virtual Library
The SDMS Reading Life page has a comprehensive list of links to great ideas for reading. Here are a few to get you started.
- 2021 MS Nutmeg Nominees
- 2021 Middle School Nutmeg Nominees Padlet
- Past Middle School Nutmeg Nominees
- Exploring Secondary Book and Authors Padlet
- Project Lit Middle Grade Book List
- What Should I Read Next?
- Books about Racism and Social Justice
- Everywhere Book Fest Author & Book List
- Y'all Stay Home Book Fest Author & Book List *YA
Many of the books in these links are available digitally for free in Sora/OverDrive with your School GMail sign-in.
PAC Sponsored Author Visit: Sarah Darer Littman
Consider reading a book by Sarah Darer LIttman who will be visiting Silas Deane in the fall!
1. Check out a slide show with information and trailers for her books.
2. Check out one of her books in Sora!
3. Prefer print books? Call (860-529-2665) or email (email@example.com) the Wethersfield Library to arrange for curbside pickup of one of her books at the Wethersfield Library.
Enrichment Activities for Reading and Writing
Get connected to SDMS!
This year, students can get connected to other students through a number of fun reading and writing activities.
SDMS/WHS Library Teen Summer Book Group
Join Mrs. Poulos (SDMS Library Media Specialist) and Mrs. Szilagyi (WHS Library Media Specialist) in one or two book discussions this summer. Students can join the summer book group by joining the Teen Summer Book Group Google Classroom and filling out the Google Form to register. The first twenty students to register will receive a copy of the books in the mail. The book groups will be held on Wednesday, July 15 and Wednesday, August 12 at 7 p.m. in Google Meets. The books are: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora and Nyxia.
Write YOUR Story as a poem and record it in the SDMS Poetry Flipgrid!
Complete the Summer Reading Choiceboard and Summer Challenge Scrapbook!
Have fun completing some of the activities in the choiceboard and documenting reading and writing activities in the Summer Challenge Scrapbook. Students can send Ms. Poulos their scrapbooks the first week of school and we'll share some of the best ones online! In addition, students who participate will be entered into a raffle to receive a free book of their choice!
Students can record book suggestions or book reviews on our SDMS Reads FlipGrid. Videos are housed in a safe, closed environment. This is a great way to see what other students are reading to get book suggestions. Simply click on link, log in with school Gmail, and record!