Katie Zimmerman

Katie Zimmerman 
Literacy Specialist  
Room 128

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Welcome to Language Arts at BCMS!
Welcome to the wonderful world of literature and writing. Come with us as we travel through time and around the world as we peruse stories, analyze informational text, and create multiple writing pieces. We look forward to a successful year!

Closing the Summer
Reading Gap for
Secondary Students:
Parent Resources

Did you know that your student may be a victim of summer reading loss? Students can
lose up to three months’ worth of reading progress over one summer. And, if you take
into consideration all summers combined, students could possibly lose 1.5 years’ worth
of reading progress. Summer reading loss can be defeated through time spent reading
with your student, providing a variety of reading material, using various Internet
resources, and encouraging them to just read for fun and the pleasure of learning!

You can protect your child against summer reading loss by:
~Encouraging your student to read a variety of different materials
~Discussing stories or articles you have both read
~Asking your student questions about what was read
~Encouraging your student to write in response to what was read
~Ensure your student reads widely—at least one book every ten days. The
amount of time spent reading outside of school is important.
(For example, a student who reads 21 minutes per day outside of school reads almost
2 million words per year, whereas a student who reads less than a minute per day
outside of school reads only 8,000 to 21,000 words per year).

Every Question Counts!
Part of literacy progress is learning how to think as you read. Asking questions
supports learning how to think. Examples of some questions you might ask your
student before, during, or after they read might be:
~What was the most significant concept from the text?
~What do you think will happen next?
~Did you learn about anything that impacts your life?
~What was your favorite part of the story?
~How did the characters change over time?
~Does this text remind you of something that you’ve read before? How?

By helping your teen find just the right books, you will:
~provide a means for your student to improve his or her reading skills
~harness your students’ needs for excitement, adventure and entertainment,
~help your student resolve some of life’s ambiguities and conflicts.

Scheduling time for reading on a daily basis throughout the summer helps support
your students’ reading development. Make reading a priority this summer for yourself
and your students!