Summer Reading Cards

Summer Reading Cards

In a recent post, I discussed my school’s after school reading intervention. We are using eReaders, Nook Simple Touches to be exact, to help engage reluctant readers. During the spring, students read a large volume of titles on these devices.

Regardless, summer can be a tough time to convince many students to read every day. I took an idea from Allington and McGill-Franzen’s book “Summer Reading: Closing the Rich/Poor Reading Achievement Gap” and sent each student a handwritten note. I hope to start receiving messages soon!

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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