MEDWAY –Principal John Murray is pleased to share that Medway High School held a “book tasting” on Friday to give students the opportunity to choose their summer reading assignment.
Five students each from the freshmen, sophomore and junior classes were chosen through a lottery to attend the event in the school library, during which they read, discussed and participated in activities pertaining to five books. At the end of the day, students were tasked with choosing one of the books to be assigned as this year’s summer reading book.
The official summer reading book will be announced in the coming weeks.
Students were asked at the beginning of the event why they like to read and spent approximately one hour focusing on each book. The event was funded through a grant from the Medway Education Foundation.
Each grade is assigned the same summer reading book in an effort to provide students with a shared reading experience leading into the coming school year.
“Giving students the opportunity to vote on their summer reading book empowers student choice and encourages reading across the school,” Principal Murray said. “This was an exciting event, and it got students really invested in the book they’ll be reading this summer.”
The five books students chose from on Friday include:
- “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
- “Americanized” by Sara Saedi
- “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein
- “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls
- “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford
This is the second year Medway High School has used a book tasting to select the summer reading book. Earlier this school year, teachers, students and parents submitted book suggestions, which were narrowed down to five selections by teachers.