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5 Books One School: Smart or Silly?

October 25, 2018

5 Books One School

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, it was announced that Cherokee would now offer five books to choose from for summer reading. Typically, the students were given two books to choose from and then voted on which one the whole school had to read. Rarely did this book interest all 2,500 students, and a decent portion refused to read the book. The new option featured novels from various reading levels that were all centered around one theme. The varying titles allowed for in-class discussions to be filled with more personal connections. Even though students were limited to just five books, they became excited at the idea of having more options. Having a bit of freedom with the summer work allowed for more student participation. Summer reading is usually dreaded by students, but the introduction of One Theme, One School allowed for a more positive reaction to summer work. 

5 Books One School

When the news was announced that the Lenape district would now be offering five books to choose from, there were mixed reactions. Amongst the feelings of apathy and joy, there was a large portion of people who were upset with this new change. The purpose of One Book One School was to choose one book that an entire community could bond over. It gave students an instant topic of conversation with people who would otherwise be strangers. The district decided to offer books at various reading levels and storylines, which would all fit one theme. Although this seems like a logical idea in theory, the results were disappointing. In trying to please more students, the greater purpose of One Book, One School was destroyed.

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