Closer Readings Commentary

Summer Reading 2016

“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!