14 Apr 2021

CHS Summer Reading Program Moves to Book Club Format in 2021

This year, CHS will replace the “Big Read” with a book club concept. After selecting preferences from a list of over 50 titles, students will be assigned one of their choices to read over the summer. Upon our return to school in August, students will participate in discussions, offering an opportunity for engagement with their selected book, with peers, and with a faculty facilitator.

As always, the mission of the CHS Summer Reading Program is:

  • to encourage a love of reading by providing selections that not only have literary merit but are engaging and relatable as well.
  • to foster the critical thinking and writing skills our students need to be successful.
  • to teach students to engage in constructive dialogue that is respectful, honest, and mature.
  1. Browse the list and choose your top three preferred book choices.

*Parents, our list includes books that vary in genre, content, and reading level in order to accommodate all of our students. Please research with your son and help him select a book that is developmentally appropriate.

  1. Indicate your preferred books by April 30th.
  2. You will receive an email on May 17th with your assigned book.
  3. Read and engage with your book over the summer and return in August ready to discuss with your book club group.

In addition to the CHS Book Club selection, students enrolled in an Honors or AP level English course for the 2021-2022 school year may have Summer Reading assignments for that course. See the list at the bottom of this email. Students will complete class assignments and participate in discussions that will assess a student’s engagement with the course-specific summer reading.

We look forward to getting to know our students as readers and we encourage each parent, as the young man’s first and most influential teacher, to be involved in their son’s book selection(s), read with him this summer, and engage him in meaningful conversation.