Teachers Keep Students Reading Over the Summer

Educators at the middle and high school assigned required reading for students over the summer.

Schools out for the summer but that doesn’t mean students shouldn’t take a break from learning the next two months.

In addition to supporting the , the school district has assigned required summer reading for students in the and to do while on summer vacation.

At the high school level each grade has been assigned one required title, and two additional titles of which they must chose one to read. The students are also asked to select and read three information or editorial articles on subjects relating to the subject matter of the required reading. 

High school required reading is as follows:

  • Grade 9: Joyce Carol Oates "Big Mouth and Ugly Girl"
  • Grade 10: John Steinbeck "Of Mice and Men"           
  • Grade 11: Aldous Huxley "Brave New World"
  • Grade 12: J.D. Salinger "The Catcher in the Rye"

There are additional reading lists for each grade from teacher Suzanne Kos, who heads the literacy reform at the high school. There are also additional reading and writing assignments for AP Language and Composition students and pre-AP English.  

Each grade level at the middle school is required to chose one of three suggested titles to read this summer.

  • Students entering grade 6 can choose from “The Red Pyramid” by Rick Riordan, “Egypt Game” by Zylpha Snyder and “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan.
  • Students entering grade 7 can chose from “Out of the Dust” by Karen Hesse, “Johnny Tremain” by Ester Forbes and “Nothing but the Truth” by Avi.
  • Students entering grade 8 can chose from “The Red Hourglass” by Gordon Grice, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne and “Parellel Journeys” by Eleanor Ayer.

All middle school students are also required to do one additional activity of their choice in addition to reading one of the suggested novels. The options given including writing a letter to the main character, painting a picture of their favorite scene, research the author all designed to keep students thinking creatively and writing over the break.

The full list of required reading is available on the district’s website and readers can also view the attached PDF to see what books are on the summer reading list.


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