COmmunity Themed Summer Reading: We ARE PROBLEM SOLVERS!
FURTHER INFORMATION: This summer, students and staff can select ONE of the following books that center around the theme of problem solving and overcoming challenges. We believe that when we learn how to appropriately overcome challenges and become problem solvers, our community becomes stronger!
There is an independent proposal option this year as well if students do not like any of the choices. In the fall, all students and staff will participate in a BMR community day that will consist of workshops, activities, and projects that all center around community outreach in some way. Our community day will be scheduled on 9/11/19.
2019 Book Ideas: Problem Solving and Overcoming Challenges Theme
"The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas
"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Foer
"I am Malala" by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
Complete an independent proposal (book of your choosing that centers around the theme problem solving and overcoming challenges). If you want to do an independent proposal, see Mrs. Shaughnessy in B202 before the end of the school year.
Dear Parents/Guardians, We are happy to announce that BMR students, faculty, and staff will be participating in a One School One Theme summer reading endeavor. This year’s theme is overcoming challenges. Through an inclusive process of book selection, and the ultimate decision to give the kids a choice between three highly popular books, we have come up with the options of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer, and I Am Malalaby Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai.
This year, students will also have the opportunity to submit an independent proposal for a book of their choosing that centers around the theme of overcoming challenges. To do this, students must submit their proposal to Mrs. Shaughnessy in the English department before the end of the school year. It is our hope that this approach will generate the greatest possible participation.
Upon return to school in the fall, BMR students will participate in a day of workshops devoted to overcoming challenges. This experience is intended to be a celebration of community here at BMR. Students will also complete an exploratory project in their assigned English class in the fall. This project will also center around the importance of overcoming challenges in individuals’ lives. THEME: OVERCOMING CHALLENGES Requirements for students:
-Read ONE of the three summer book options OR submit an independent proposal to Mrs. Shaughnessy in B202 before the end of the school year. (email: email@example.com) -Have a good working knowledge of the plot, characters, and theme of overcoming challenges presented in the book. -Be prepared to participate in discussions, activities, and create an an exploratory project about overcoming challenges at the beginning of the year in English class.
Please be aware that, since some of these books are centered on teenage protagonists, or take place during times of racism or social injustice in history and society, readers may come across occasional strong and/or offensive language, which is intended to realistically reflect young adult discourse and accurately portray the times presented. Similarly, due to the protagonists’ ages, references and innuendos to sex and/or violence may also occur in the reading. Please trust that while the strong language, sexual innuendos, and violence exist, they by no means distract from the larger and more important thematic issues of overcoming challenges in life. We thank you for your support and hope our students enjoy this year’s summer reading! Sincerely,
Nicole Shaughnessy (firstname.lastname@example.org) English Department Blackstone Millville Regional High School 175 Lincoln St Blackstone, MA 01504