At Grimsley, we believe in the value of self-selected reading. For this reason, Grimsley students are required to compile an annotated bibliography of some of their self-selected reading over the summer. Students can put books they read for other classes on their bibliography, news, sports, or magazine articles, graphic novels, etc. It just needs to be written word. See a sample annotated bibliography HERE.
Students can consult the Grimsley Style Guide or Purdue OWL if they have additional questions on how to format this.
Additionally, all Guilford County Schools students are expected to read 900 minutes over the summer and keep a summer reading log. This reading log will be turned into students’ English teachers during the first week of school and successful completion will get students a coupon for a free Kersey Valley attraction!
After each entry, students need to write a brief annotation evaluating their source with things like:
- What is this text about?
- Would you recommend this read to someone else? Why or why not?
- Who or what would it be good for?
- What you liked or disliked about the book or article, what you agreed with or disagreed with, etc.
Bibliographies must be turned into Turnitin.com during the first ten days of school. This will be your first test grade of the year.
Minimum requirements are as follows:
- Rising Freshmen: Reading log only
- Rising Sophomores: 3 or more sources + Reading log
- Rising Juniors: 4 or more sources + Reading log
- Rising Seniors: 5 or more sources + Reading log
IB / AP students check out the links to the left for additional requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I use works that I have to read for another class?
- Yes! As long as you are reading them this summer.
- What if I’ve forgotten stuff like citations and still have questions after consulting the style guide?
- Try your best! Also, try Purdue Online Writing Lab for more help or Ask a Librarian at your public library or online at greensborolibrary.org
- Any recommendations on what I should read?
- Greensboro’s 2019 One City One Book read is Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime. Not only are there events around Greensboro with this book, but Mrs. Worrells will also be hosting lunch and afterschool discussions on it.
- Check out Outstanding Books for the College Bound by the Young Adults Library Association too!
- What if my teacher doesn’t like what I read?
- It doesn’t matter! This assignment is just to make sure you are reading and to give you practice with MLA formatting. Read whatever you want!
- Is this mandatory?
- What if I switch which English class I’m taking?
- You will still have this assignment.
This year Greensboro Public Library has selected Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for a One, City, One Book Read. We encourage everyone in the Whirlie community to check out this title. We will be hosting book discussions in the Fall for students and parents.
Need help pick out something to read? Here are some excellent sources:
- Greensboro’s 2019 One City One Book read is Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime.
- Outstanding Books for the College Bound by the Young Adults Library Association
- High School Battle of the Books Titles 2019-20