The English Teacher’s Summer

We all feel it. That stressful rush to the end of the year, the final push to get grades finished, to write thank you cards, and to craft a poignant goodbye speech to our students. Then, it’s over. Some of us feel a gleeful burst of energy. Others feel vaguely depressed. Most of us feel like we’re forgetting to do something. We keep grabbing for our purple pens imagining we have to do a bit of grading before we remember it’s summer.

For me, summer is the time to catch up with my reading and that includes personal reading for pleasure and the professional articles and books I couldn’t quite find the time to absorb during the year. I add to that a couple of popular YA novels and a more purposeful reading of The New Yorker and my summer schedule is set. Here is a list of what I’ve come up with so far.

In the Professional Realm

Notice and NoteNotice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading  by Robert  E.Probst and Kylene Beer

Get It Done!

Get It Done! by Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Michael Smith, and James Fredricksen

YA Reading


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Just for Fun

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

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