Spaulding High School

Summer Reading Book Groups

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Welcome to the Spaulding High School Summer Reading Book Clubs!  You’ve signed up for a book, but now what?  Read on for an overview; if you have any more questions you can contact Ms. Smith (, Ms. Brennan (, or any English teacher, or you can directly contact the adult leading your book group.  

When is my book “due”?  

You should have your book finished by the time school starts.  Within the first two weeks of school, we will have an activity day schedule, and all book groups will meet during that time.  

What will happen in the book group meeting?

We have an attached form to help you gather some thoughts about the book. Fill this out as you’re reading (or after you finish the book), so that you can participate in a discussion about the book.  You can expect a relaxed atmosphere--maybe even some snacks!

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed using a very simple rubric/checklist that addresses your preparation for and participation in the book group discussion.  Rubrics will be returned to the English department, and your teacher will give you credit for completing summer reading. For the most part, the faculty will use a protocol that will allow everyone a turn to share.  If you are prepared (read the book, fill out the form) and you contribute to the discussion, you will do well.

Do I need to sign up for a book group this year?  

Yes.  It is an expectation that all students enrolled in an English class for the 2019-2020 school year will participate in a book group.  Students who earn a proficient or exemplary on this project will start the year off with one discussion performance indicator and one reading performance indicator already completed!  Students who do not participate in summer reading will need to complete a book discussion group at a later date.

What if I haven’t signed up for a book, but I still want to?

Go to the Spaulding High School Library web site at  There is a tab at the top for summer reading, and you can click on that to see what books are still available for summer reading.  Remaining books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.