In my Teacher Magazine article titled The Last Day Of Class, I share that one of the things I do is tell my students about the negative effects a complete summer absence from reading can have on their academic life.  I explain that I’ve arranged for them to get extra credit from their tenth-grade English teacher for reading, and let them check-out books from my extensive classroom library.

Today, The Washington Post just ran a good article discussing some of the research that I also share with students that highlights the effect of the “summer slump.”  It’s titled Low-income students suffer greater summer-learning losses.

You might also be interested in What Do You Do On The Last Day Of Class? (Part Two).