“The act of reading…is a powerful predictor of life success by any measure. It is the best predictor of who goes to university regardless of socio-economic background. It is the best predictor of life income, career options, even life partner choices. And neuroscience is proving that reading fiction is one of the most powerful means of developing sympathetic individuals, with better social skills and higher levels of self esteem, resulting in increasing self improvement and positive social behaviours.”
The Huffington Post, article on recent research into reading habits of young people, 2018 If you are in Years 7-9, your English summer homework is all about reading for pleasure.
Your class teachers may have set specific homework for over the break based on the needs of your class. You should, however, also spend some independent study time to do the following in order to take control of your own learning and to get ahead in your studies.
You may also find it useful to consolidate your revision notes on the poetry you have studied so far, as well as An Inspector Calls and Macbeth.
When you return to school following the Summer break, you will begin to learn and about the history of the English Language and how it has changed over time. In order to take control of your own learning, you should complete the following tasks and be ready to share your findings in lessons after the holiday:
Extension: Read The Adventure of English by Melvyn Bragg – a really enjoyable and accessible book!
You should be ready to share your chosen texts and findings following the summer break. You should also spend some time consolidating your notes.
You should use the summer break to continue preparing for your coursework.
Extension: Choose any other of Hardy’s novels to widen your reading.
Bring your completed sheets on Tess and Lyrical Ballads to your first lesson following the summer break.