Summer reading assignments are a staple of elementary and middle schools, and a requirement for many high school students. But the reading is often far from easy, yet students enjoy the extra assignment and opportunity to read new books without the pressure of school as well.
In Westmoreland County, Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” was on the list for senior Hannah Kimmick, along with Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” for her Advanced Placement English class.
“I’m not too stressed. … I’d have to read them anyway, so why not in summer?” she said. “I’m taking an AP class, so I’m expecting the extra work.”
According to California University of Pennsylvania reading methods professor Diane Fine, summer assignments are good as long as they don’t take the fun out of reading for students. “We have to be careful we don’t spoil reading for kids,” she said. “We can take any fabulous novel and make it painstaking. … It can become too much.”