Bring your choice summer reading books to class!


On Wednesday 8/31 (sections 1, 2, and 3) or Thursday 9/1 (sections 4 and 5), please bring your choice summer reading books to class. By “choice summer reading books,” I mean the ones you chose from Mrs. E.’s big list of options. You don’t need to bring in the one you read for Mr. Taft from his list of historical fiction titles or American Born Chinese. If you don’t have the book, please print out a copy of its cover. We’re going to need them for class! If you read several books this summer, bring them all in! The more the merrier!

Summer Reading Book Ad

You have three learning targets for this project:

  • I can write a brief description of a book that sparks interest in it without giving too much of it away.
  • I can write with proper conventions (meaning no errors in grammar, mechanics, punctuation, capitalization, etc. — remember, book titles are italicized!).
  • I can create a visually appealing and easily understandable poster with creative and artistic elements, such as backgrounds, images, font choices, colors, and so on.

Your first project of the year is an 8.5×11” poster advertising one of your choice summer reading books, although of course you’re welcome to make posters for more books!

Think of this project as creating an ad for the book; “sell” it to other students who might be looking for something new to read. Your poster should be interesting, intriguing, and captivating – something that grabs people’s attention and encourages them to check out your poster and, in turn, the book.

Please be creative and utilize your best writing, design, art, and technology knowledge and skills. Your poster should be eye-catching, appealing, and professional-looking. It should also be easy to read and understand. Posters will hang on our lockers and on second floor bulletin boards. Keep that in mind when designing yours.

Include the following:

  • Title (italicized) and author of the book.
  • Brief description that shows what the book is about. Do not tell the entire story or spoil the ending!
  • Explanation of what type of reader you’d recommend this book to. Who is this book’s audience? (If you like _____, then you’ll like this book.)
  • Your name and AS English section.

Technical requirements:

  • 8.5×11” paper (regular paper size).
  • Extremely neat, appealing, and professional presentation.
  • Images and text.
  • In color.
  • No spelling or grammar/mechanics errors.

Resources for poster design:

Remember the six traits of good writing, focusing on VOICE and WORD CHOICE:


The Voice is the writer coming through the words, the sense that a real person is speaking to us and cares about the message. It is the heart and soul of the writing, the magic, the wit, the feeling, the life and breath. When the writer is engaged personally with the topic, he/she imparts a personal tone and flavor to the piece that is unmistakably his/hers alone. And it is that individual something–different from the mark of all other writers–that we call voice.


Word Choice is the use of rich, colorful, precise language that communicates not just in a functional way, but in a way that moves and enlightens the reader. In good descriptive writing, strong word choice clarifies and expands ideas. In persuasive writing, careful word choice moves the reader to a new vision of things. Strong word choice is characterized not so much by an exceptional vocabulary that impresses the reader, but more by the skill to use everyday words well.

From “Trait Definitions” at