What is MC Reads?
MC Reads is the summer reading initiative for Mill Creek that seeks to incorporate a whole-school approach to reading for pleasure. We want to shift the emphasis of summer reading from a Language Arts assignment to a program that celebrates and encourages life-long reading. Students will have much greater CHOICE in their summer reading book.
How Does MC Reads Work?
A book list was compiled through student, teacher, and administrator recommendations as well as books that appear on state and national awards lists. These books cover a wide variety of topics: realistic fiction, fantasy, biographies, motivational books, classics, and more. Students chose one book from this list as their summer reading title (as well as one back up choice) and registered ONLINE. Students will also choose from several creative assignments to complete and turn in to their Language Arts teacher when they return to school in the fall (details will be given to each student). In the fall, students will participate in a book discussion with a teacher or administrator who signed up to read the same book.
What Should I Read This Summer?
Students had a wide variety of books to choose from for MC Reads. Below is the list of books divided by genre (type of book) with a description of each.
MC Reads Projects
Students will create an artifact that shows the unique connections they made while reading their MC Reads book. Projects are required and will be turned in to Language Arts teachers for a grade the day of MC Reads (Aug.15). In addition, projects considered to be superior by LA teachers will be submitted for judging. A variety of prizes, such as Kindles and gift cards, will be awarded for the best MC Reads book projects.
Directions: The project must provide sufficient information to indicate the book was read and that a personal connection was made. Ideally, your project will be a powerful representation of your thinking about the book.
Project Options (Pick 1)
· 2D/3D Art
Book jacket, story board, T-shirt design (on paper or t-shirt), collage, mobile, diorama, sculpture, or other 2D art. MUST SHOW/EXPLAIN A CONNECTION TO THE NOVEL.
Analogy narrative, commentary, poem, comparison of story or key components to personal experience OR a social or political view OR a contemporary issue. One full page minimum is required.
Video, movie, Prezi, skit, original song, puppet show, or playlist of songs to relate key components of the story and connections you made to the novel; MUST post video or other project on a website that can be accessed and viewed from any computer (ex: YouTube is not available on school student computers).
*We have not attached a detailed rubric to encourage creativity in student projects. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions of their LA teacher once school starts; however, please remember that high quality work takes time and effort.