The ACDS Reading and Response Project is required summer work. Students may choose to keep either a hard copy journal, an online blog, or a combination of the two. The requirements are the same for blogging or journaling; it is just the format that is different. Hard copy journals will be provided for every student. Bloggers must sign up and complete the parent permission form.
The purpose of the ACDS Reading and Response Project is to encourage wide reading, writing, thinking, noticing and creating. Reading develops the mind. It is how we discover new things. And it develops the imagination. Writing helps you to become a good communicator. Like the development of all skills, maintaining and improving intellectual skills requires extensive practice. Studies show that the best readers read the most and poor readers read the least.The best way to improve fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, word knowledge, and understanding of syntax and grammar is to read and write regularly.The more the better! This is also a great way to introduce yourself to your teachers and classmates for next year.
This site directs you to a wide array of great books, and offers suggestions for other activities and journal/blog entries. With few requirements, we hope that you will have fun journaling and blogging. Click on the appropriate button below to learn more about specific requirements for your grade: