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Summer Vacation Reflection

Towards the end of every school year, the English department faces the controversy of assigning materials to be read and solved during the summer vacation. From one point, we do believe that summer vacation practice work enhances academic performance by engaging children in reading and reading-related activities during the summer months. On the other hand, we experience the students’ lack of motivation to read after a hectic year full of assignments, projects and tasks. To compromise between fun and benefit this year, the summer work was distinctive and creative as one of the 8th graders, Rawan Habli, reflected, “As every academic year, we, students, receive some school work to be done during the two-month vacation; however, this year’s English Language summer work stood out from the others. It wasn’t cliché as everyone would insinuate, but it was very effective since it possessed a very enjoyable aura and lacked boredom. The assignment was a combination of analysis and creative tasks. We took the role of salesmen since we had to design a cereal box and advertise the novel, “Little Women”. We decorated the cereal box from all sides with ingredients of major narrative elements. In addition, to enjoy what we were doing, we had to add a creative game on one of the sides and an artistic piece relevant to the novel on the other. We hope this innovation in ideas keeps on evolving for the sake of everyone.”
Huda kaeen and Nihmat Dandashly