Summer Reading 2016

“Gotchur Nose, Kid.” Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading mural, May 18, 2006.
“Gotchur Nose, Kid.” Brooklyn Public Library Summer Reading mural, May 18, 2006. Courtesy Flickr: CC 2.0 license

“This was my only and my constant comfort. When I think of it, the picture always rises in my mind, of a summer evening, the boys at play in the churchyard, and I sitting on my bed, reading as if for life.”Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, chapter 4.

Summer is the perfect time to dive into classic stories, poetry, drama, and informational texts, including foundational documents of American government and history and works by the great thinkers.

EDSITEment’s College and Career Readiness Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers offers a great selection of exemplary authors and texts itemized in Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies. Divided into Grades 6–8; Grades 9–10; Grades 11–CCR, there are resources under each text to support your efforts to teach reading and writing, and speaking and listening across the curriculum.

New for 2016

New CCSS Exemplars —Stories, Drama and Poetry

Chekhov, Anton.  “Home

Exemplars from EDSITEment: Poetry for the Common Core

Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Ernest

New CCSS Exemplars — Informational Texts: History/Social Studies

Tocqueville, Alexis de

Looking ahead to how you will teach these texts come fall — EDSITEment’s “Summer Reading for Teachers” supplements each exemplary text on this list with a host of curriculum resources: related lesson plans; reviewed websites; articles featuring National Endowment for the Humanities projects of interest to teachers; interactives; as well as entries from our Closer Readings+ blog.

We hope you find these resources useful as you prepare to teach these classic texts for your next crop of students.

Happy Reading!



Reading is Life

I can never imagine life without reading, reading the way you want; not reading for promotion or to pass examinations. I have always hated regimented life. I hate to operate under inhibited conditions. While my colleagues are running hither and thither to collect documents for promotion, to swell their pay packs, I just read on unconcerned; read anything that picks my fancy- philosophy, fiction, poetry, about crisis around the world. The world of reading is a beautiful world. That is where I feel safe. That is where I think I belong. I hate to be tied down to inanities of life, backbiting, watching how other people live, talking about people with the aim of nosing into their lives. Hell!, I'd rather spend that time on a new book. I really don't have human friends like I trust my world of books.

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