Heat Up Your Summer Reading with Councilwoman Fairclough’s Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge!
There is nothing more important during the summer months than to keep students engaged in academics and that is the idea behind the Sizzling Summer Reading Challenge.  For the third year in a row, Councilwoman Patricia Fairclough encourages local students to keep their minds active all summer long with this exciting contest.  So, get ready to read this summer for the chance to win a week’s worth of FREE uniforms and supplies for back to school.  The contest is open until August 15, 2015 to K-12 students living in the City of Homestead.  Winners will be announced at the August 19, 2015 City Council Meeting
How to Participate
  • Select a book from your school or district Summer Reading List
  • Complete one of the assignments
  • Email summer assignments or questions to pfairclough@cityofhomestead.com or drop them off at City Hall 650 NE 22 Terrace, Homestead, FL 33033
Sizzling Summer Reading


Please select one from the options below. Return completed assignments to pfairclough@cityofhomestead.com or drop off to City Hall at 650 NE 22 Terrace, Homestead, FL 33033
Heroes and Superheroes
Select two or three people your character would think of as a hero or superhero. Describe the characteristics of the hero and why those characteristics would be important to your character. Also describe which characteristics your character would most want for himself/herself that the hero or superhero possesses.
Create an award for each of the main characters based on their actions in the novel. One might be awarded “most courageous” for fighting peer pressure, another might be awarded “wisest” for the guidance he or she gave other characters. For each award, write a paragraph that explains why this character deserves this award.
Photos or Magazine Pictures
Draw, design or find two or three photos or magazine pictures that would have special significance to your character. Mount them on a sheet of paper or design them on a program. Write an explanation of why they would be important to your character.
Title Acrostic
Write or type the title of the book down the side of the paper. For each letter in the title, construct a sentence that begins with that letter and that tells something significant about the story.
A Character’s Fears
One way we get to know characters is to think deeply about them and make inferences based on their actions and on what they and others say about them. Through a person’s actions we can learn what they fear and what they want to avoid the most. Select several characters from your novel and write what you believe they fear the most and what evidence from the text you
used to come to this conclusion.
Found Poems
Select a chapter from the novel you have just read that you consider powerful or interesting. Then select words, lines, and phrases that you think project strong images and show the impact the chapter makes. Arrange this material into a poem.
Talk to the Author
Write a letter to the author of the book explaining to him or her why you think he or she wrote the book and what he or she was trying to show through the book. Be sure to explain what you got out of the book.
Travel Brochure or Scrapbook
Create a travel brochure for the setting of the story or scrapbook pages about key characters.
Promotional Poster
Design a poster or new book cover depicting the climax of the story. CREATE AN EYE-CATCHING POSTER.  Choose a scene from the book and cast it in a poster which would attract potential readers or buyers to the book.
Function as an editor.  Treat the book as a manuscript and rewrite the pages (or chapter) you consider “weak”. What needs to be redone to make the book stronger?