2017: Reading By Choice

Similar to 2014’s Upper School Read, we utilized a reading model where students chose from a list of faculty book recommendations. The list included 16 fiction and non-fiction choices, spanning all genres including biography, fantasy, horror, realistic fiction, and memoir.

On Wednesday, September 20th students and faculty met with others who read the same book for a spirited discussion and/or book related activity. Activities ranged from a tea party for Alice and Wonderland to building a fire for A Walk in the Woods to bystander reenactments for All American Boys. Head librarian Mary Carrington observed, “I love seeing students step up to dig deeper into a conversation. At first they were reluctant, but after a while, we were sharing some complicated sentiments – and that was from freshman through seniors.” 

What is the Upper School Read?

All faculty and students grades 9-12 share the common intellectual experience of reading over the summer to prepare for an engaging day during the first weeks of the new academic year. We explore the background, themes, genre, etc. through interactive sessions planned by teachers and students. Spending the day together in mixed grade levels encourages community and builds knowledge while strengthening Severn’s mission of fostering scholarship in a community where adults model these qualities. 

Contact Ms. Fuller, Upper School Head, or Ms. Carrington, Director of Library Services, if you are interested in learning more.

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146