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How does a school maximize success for a school-wide, required summer read?

Jul 6, 2015 1:31pm

The high school I teach at is trying our first school-wide summer read with Sonia Nazario's book Enrique's Journey. The idea was hastily conceived and hastily implemented in the last weeks of the school year, but every student received a copy of the book before summer.

I want to know how we can get students (a) to read the book and (b) to engage with and discuss the book. We're aiming to have at least one lesson in every content area in the first month of school for accountability and learning purposes.

I also thought we might create a hashtag like #Enrique to encourage students and staff to tweet their thoughts and exchange discussion online about the book, but I have limited knowledge of how to use Twitter for this purpose.

Does anyone have other ideas for increasing readership and engagement or more specific ideas for using Twitter to increase engagement this summer? Any ideas for how to guide students' use of Twitter for this purpose and how to avoid tweets like "this book sucks"?

  • English Language Arts / Other
  • 9-12
  • Assessment / Digital Literacy / Engagement


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