Summer reading at WT is intended to prepare students for the literature, motifs, and themes that they will be studying during the year. The selections serve as introductions to the course work and as frames of reference throughout the year. Because of these important connections, we take summer reading seriously. In some classes, students may be required to take quizzes, participate in discussions, and/or write essays.
Students in grades 3-12 have required summer reading which must be completed before the start of the 2019-2020 school year. To find out what your student's requirements are this summer, please refer to the summer reading section of our website. Please note that Upper School students must also participate in WT Reads in addition to their required reading.
In support of summer reading, please note the following additional resources:
- Optional North Campus Summer Reading Program:
In addition to the Lower School North Campus required reading, Librarian Kate Weber invites students to participate in an optional summer reading program.
- Sixth Grade Summer Reading:
For sixth grade students, English teacher Betsy Lamitina has provided reading guidelines, discussion questions, and additional resources and ways parents can support their reader. Please review these items carefully.
To facilitate students' preparation for summer reading, we recommend the following:
- Take notes as you read; focus on character, conflict, repeated images, plot lines, setting.
- Highlight/underline passages which you believe are significant or pose questions or problems for you. Jot down the page number(s), so you have a quick, easy reference for class discussion.
- Review these notes before the start of school.
If you're interested in participating in a formal summer reading program, visit your local library. The Carnegie Library begins their program on June 9. Learn more.