Summer reading/projects?

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Summer reading/projects?
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Thu, 06-21-2012 - 10:29am

Do your kids have to do summer reading or projects?  I recently posted on FB to my high school friends--do you remember that we had to read 6 books during the summer, 3 fiction & 3 non-fiction?  I got a lot of replies that said "yes, and we were all looking for the shortest books."  lol  In my son's school, they used to have to read 2 books, one from a list and one of their choice & do a short book report but he said now it's optional for extra credit.  Since he is taking 2 AP classes, he does have summer projects.  He has to read 2 books for English and answer questions--he has already started on this one, which is totally surprising to me, since he is usually a procrastinator.  I'm sure he has to do something for history, but I forgot what it is.

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Registered: 08-26-2008
Re: Summer reading/projects?
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 10:20am

My daughter will be a Junior next year.  She has two 500 page books to read for her AP History class, and several book to read for her AP Lit class.  She may also be taking a Creative Writing course at a local University.  I am a little worried that with all her other courses, it may be a bit too much, but she seems excited about the challenge.  Its good to know she will have some college credits at the end of her Junior year, and the only cost to us....will be the books!

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 3:21pm
We never had summer reading assignments at my high school at all. ODD has had an AP reading assigment the last two summers for english, but opted to take core English 4 this year instead of AP, AP English 3 was a horrible experience for her. So she does not have any reading assignments at all this summer. The only project she has is a casual "assignment" from her photography teacher to look and research certain areas she wants to concentrate on and begin making a list of pieces she wants to work on this fall as well as start on any she would like. She personally always makes up a reading list of pleasure reads she would like and is usually ambitious with it, but has parred back this summer.
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Registered: 12-06-1999
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 4:28pm
Both kids have reading. DS has 2 books, DD has one. DS is also working on vocabulary this summer, always a weak area for him on testing. With the ACT and SAT coming up I figure it can't hurt.
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Re: Summer reading/projects?
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 11:54am

My daughter loved AP Language and Comp. Really, it's a rhetoric class, which is rare even in college these days. The class discussions/arguments were great, and best of all, it really is impossible to study for this particular AP exam, which meant no cramming.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Fri, 07-27-2012 - 12:03pm

My kids have had required summer reading since 3rd grade. They're both into reading anyway, so it isn't a problem. What they hated about their old school system was that some teachers required papers or tests on the assigned books the first day of school. At their new school, there's more reading, but they aren't tested specifically on it the first week of school, so they can relax and enjoy the books rather than taking notes or whatever.

My son signed up for a STEM program that the school is piloting this year, so he has to do a project for that. DH is supervising this one, so I have no clue what he's doing.