New Summit Academy’s Integrated Reading Program is intentionally designed to engage students in college-preparatory learning, developing comprehension, analysis and synthesis skills. Each quarter, our community collaborates in choosing and reading a different book or novel. Throughout the quarter, students learn that reading is not only a skill in English class, but applicable throughout their lives. Each teacher guides students in analyzing text through the lens of their area of expertise: Math, Science, Global Citizenship, History, and more.
This quarter – with the polemic elections in the United States serving as a backdrop – our school is reading Jose Saramago’s Seeing. This novel begins with a parliamentary election in which the majority of the populace casts blank ballots. The story revolves around the struggles of the government and its various members as they try to simultaneously understand and destroy the amorphous non-movement of blank-voters.
Throughout the quarter, students and teachers will be working together to develop close-reading skills, and will analyze topics within the novel including democracy, the role of the media in politics, utopias and dystopias, plutocracies, and the effect of education on elections.
We invite everyone in our NSA community to read along and join in the conversation!