Inspire Summer Reading: Five Tips & the Research
Help students discover the fun of summer reading with our free interactive
Have students make a list of books to read during the summer, on topics that interest them and at a level that supports reading growth. The Summer Reading Journey interactive pdf is a great tool for recording their accomplishments and progress.
There are many great ways to build excitement for creating a book list, from having students give “book commercials” to making character posters.
Total Reader supports book selection in two important ways:
2. Set a goal
After you measure student reading skills at the end of the school year, help them set a Lexile Measure goal for the summer. Students are motivated when they have clear goals and an engaging way to view their progress - especially when it's online and personal.
With Total Reader, students read short passages and see a new Lexile measure after completing each passage. On their personal interactive dashboard, they can set a Lexile measure goal and watch their progress. In general, growth is gradual, increasing over time.
If you use Total Reader in the classroom, send students home with their username and password for the summer. Sign up here for a free trial for your classroom, school or district.
3. Be prepared
Prepare students for summer reading by working on foundational skills that support independent reading.
Foundational skills include comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, phonics and vocabulary. Total Reader’s What Works Reading Guide provides guidance on best practices for reading instruction.
For example, Total Reader flags missed vocabulary words on each student's progress report. Students can review the list with a teacher or on their own.
4. Communicate to parents
Communicate to parents how they can support their child’s summer reading journey. Provide a list of summer reading programs in your area as well as the child's Summer Reading Journey plan.
More tips for parents:
Use positive reinforcement such as rewards and praise to help students be successful.
Support Summer Reading Gain
Research has proven that summer school has a positive effect on academic gains in the following school year and is especially beneficial for stopping summer reading loss.
Total Reader has a unique ability to support summer school reading programs, because it aligns well with school strategies and easily engages students in reading.
Teachers can use Total Reader as an online reading "treat" because students like to go online, choose a passage on a fun topic, and finding out their new Lexile measure as soon as they complete a passage. Passages take about 10 minutes to complete and encourage careful reading. Each missed vocabulary word is flagged. Students can review what they missed on their own or with a teacher.
Learn more in our Summer Reading Loss Fact Sheet!