Summer Reading: Five Assessment Options for Secondary ELA {Rubric Included}


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Every school faces a summer reading struggle, so why not try a new approach? Here are five creative, project-based assessment ideas to implement in conjunction with your summer reading assignments:

  • Socratic seminar
  • One-pager
  • Gallery walk
  • ScreenCast
  • Digital Media

Research shows us that the "summer slide" is very real - especially for communities that are low income. Instead of making summer reading a chore or a punishable assignment, encourage kids to enjoy their summer reading book and let them know they'll have lots of creative ways to demonstrate their reading experience. Ditch the quizzes and essays - these creative projects are not only more fun, but you're able to pair them with other types of back to school activities in the fall. Imagine going back to your classroom at the start of the year with an engaging project and work time: what a perfect time to float around the room, casually chat with students about books, and start building a classroom atmosphere of both rigor (keep those high expectations!) and creativity!


When you download this product, you will have five colorful one-page assignment sheets ready to print and hand out to your students. Give them the handouts before summer break or once they return - the choice is yours! Each assignment sheet is editable and you a free to make these as customized to your program as needed!

You'll also receive a teacher guide with suggestions for implementation as well as a FULLY EDITABLE RUBRIC. The rubric is applicable to all of the different project options because it concentrates on the content rather than the product - each project asks students to highlight the big ideas and universal themes utilizing textual evidence, so even if one student is discussing the book in a socratic seminar and another is baking a cake in the shape of a character's face, each student's project is fueled by the same criteria.


  • Print all five options and lay them out in your room. Allow students to choose any project they'd like to complete alongside their summer reading book.
  • You might encourage students to check in via social media or Google Classroom with their reading progress over the summer.
  • Provide two to three work days for students to complete the projects (this also gives them a few nights of "cushion" to fit in any reading that wasn't actually completed over the summer!)
  • Set up two to three presentation days, depending on the options selected by students.

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