(Bradenton, FL - June 28, 2010) For the first time, Manatee County middle and high school students are required to take part in a district-wide Summer Reading Project. In the past, individual schools were free to design and implement their own summer reading requirements.
“As a part of EdVantage, our district's strategic plan for the future, we have been implementing the Manatee Core Curriculum which places students across the district on a common learning schedule,” said Dr. Lindy Carlson, a Curriculum Specialist with the district. “It just made sense in light of the Manatee Core Curriculum that all of our students should have the same summer reading requirements as well.”
The Summer Reading Project applies to students preparing to take English I, English I Honors, English II, and English II Honors.
Students who are taking English I and English I Honors include - incoming eighth graders who will be taking dual enrollment English I or English I Honors; incoming ninth graders who are taking English I or English I Honors; and ninth graders who failed English I or English I Honors and have to retake the course.
Students who are taking English II and English II Honors include - incoming ninth graders who took dual enrollment English I or English I Honors and are moving to English II or English II Honors; incoming tenth graders who are taking English II or English II Honors; and tenth graders who failed English II or English II Honors and have to retake the course.
Teachers throughout the district passed the project out to their students during the last weeks of school. Local charter and private schools that may have students planning to attend a traditional Manatee District school have been sent the summer project as well. Students who transfer into the district throughout the summer will also be required to complete the project.
While the Summer Reading Project only applies to English I and II this year, next year it will expand to include English III and English IV as well.