Summer Reading Program 
Karen Appollo
Director of English and Language Arts, K-12
(631) 504-5805
Reading Lists
Please refer to the following suggested reading lists for your entering grade level to find recommended titles.
6 - Fiction
7 - Mystery
8 - Science Fiction
9 - Graphic Novels
10  Regents
10 Gateway
11 - Memoirs
12 - Historical Fiction

Table of  Activities for students entering:
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade Regents
10th Grade Gateway
11th Grade
11 IB
11 AP
12th Grade
12 IB


June 1, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

The West Islip Summer Reading Program has been a fixture in our English Language Arts program for the past 19 years. While our yearly campaign to invite students into the world of reading during the summer months remains the same, it occurs amidst changes in education, our students, and ourselves.

I had a new reading experience this year; I was invited to join a book club. Last month, the book was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It is not a book I would have chosen for myself but when I finished reading the last page, I was sorry the adventure was over. Luckily, I was able to continue enjoying the book through discussion with my book club. I loved listening to the varied perspectives and reactions of book club participants. Reading for pleasure is fun! It is this feeling that the West Islip school community would like to engender in our students in September when students participate in “Book Club” discussions as part of Book Share Day.

Also new this year, are the New York State Next Generation English Language Arts Standards. The standards documents introduce a list of lifelong practices for readers that we intend to address through our Summer Reading Program.

Lifelong Practices of Readers


· think, write, speak, and listen to understand

· read often and widely from a range of global and diverse texts

· read for multiple purposes, including for learning and for pleasure

· self-select texts based on interest

· persevere through challenging, complex texts

· enrich personal language, background knowledge, and vocabulary through reading and communicating with others

· monitor comprehension and apply reading strategies flexibly

· make connections (to self, other texts, ideas, cultures, eras, etc.)

As always, the West Islip School District Summer Reading Program provides opportunities for students to meet their ever-changing needs as they read for pleasure AND read to learn. Some titles are assigned but others may be self-selected by our students based on their personal interest. We also expose students to varied genres such as nonfiction, mystery, science fiction, graphic novel, bildungsroman novel, memoir, historical fiction, and realistic fiction.

Our district website has links to all Suggested Book Lists, assignments, and resources. Students will receive a copy of the appropriate grade level assignment from their classroom teacher. If you have further questions pertaining to our Summer Reading Program, please contact me via telephone at 504-5805 or via email at

Thank you for your continued support of our Language Arts Program. Have a healthy and happy summer filled with family, friends, and great books!


Karen Appollo
Director of English Language Arts, K-12