Sum­mer read­ing re­quire­ments and ac­tiv­i­ties

The Covington News - - LOCAL - KAYLA ROBINS krobins@cov­news.com

As stu­dents and fam­i­lies pack their cars for sum­mer trips and their bathing suits for the beach, one item not to be for­got­ten should be a book.

New­ton County high school stu­dents are re­quired to read one book this sum­mer of their choice from a list pro­vided by the New­ton County School Sys­tem (NCSS) and com­plete a re­sponse as­sign­ment, which is due at the be­gin­ning of the 2014-2015 school year.

“Read­ing dur­ing the sum­mer is an ex­cel­lent way to pre­vent the fad­ing away of foun­da­tional skills that take place when stu­dents are not in a struc­tured aca­demic en­vi­ron­ment,” said NCSS Su­per­in­ten­dent Samantha Fuhrey. “(Stu­dents) should read ev­ery day. Stu­dents who read a va­ri­ety of gen­res and read fre­quently tend to per­form bet­ter through­out their school ex­pe­ri­ences and are bet­ter pre­pared for the rigor as­so­ci­ated with stan­dard­ized as­sess­ments.”

Sum­mer read­ing as­sign­ments will be taken for a grade in the stu­dent’s English Lan­guage Arts classes within the first two weeks of school. Each as­sign­ment will be graded and counted as a per­for­mance task grade for the first mark­ing pe­riod of the 2014-2015 school year.

“There is not a bet­ter way to pre­pare for the up­com­ing school year than by read­ing as many good books as you can. I en­cour­age stu­dents from Pre-K through grade 12 to pick up a good book and start read­ing to­day,” Fuhrey said.

Ris­ing ninth-graders must read one of the fol­low­ing books: “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger; “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya An­gelou; “The Se­cret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd; “Lord of the Flies” by Wil­liam Gold­ing; “The Al­chemist” by Paulo Co­h­elo; “The Choco­late War” by Robert Cormier; “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak.

Tenth-graders must choose be­tween the fol­low­ing as their sum­mer read­ing book: “The Life of Pi” by Yen Mar­tel; “Cry, the Beloved Coun­try” by Alan Pa­ton; “The House of Spir­its” by Is­abel Al­lende; “A Bridge Over the River Kwai” by Pierre Boulle; “The Stranger” by Al­bert Camus; “Wan­der­ing War­rior” by Da Chen; “Year of Im­pos­si­ble Good­byes” by Cook Nyul Choi; “A Thou­sand Splen­did Suns” by Khaled Hos­seini.

Sum­mer read­ing choices for 11th graders are: “The Color Pur­ple” by Alice Walker; “Song of Solomon” by Toni Mor­ri­son; “The Scar­let Let­ter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne; “An­i­mal Dreams” by Bar­bara King­solver; “A Les­son Be­fore Dy­ing” by Ernest J. Gaines; “All the Pretty Horses” by McCarthy Cor­mac; “The Awak­en­ing” by Kate Chopin; “Cold Moun­tain” by Charles Fra­zier; “Cold Sassy Tree” by Ann Olive Burns; “All the King’s Men” by Penn Robert War­ren.

In­com­ing se­niors have must read one of the fol­low­ing books this sum­mer: “The Story of the Ship­wrecked Sailor” by Gabriel Gar­cia Mar­quez; “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan; “Noth­ing but the Truth” by Avi; “A Yel­low Raft in Blue Wa­ter” by Michael Dor­ris; “House of Sand and Fog” by An­dre Dubus; “Beet Queen” by Louise Erdrich; “Cho­co­lat” by Joanne Har­ris; “The Poi­son­wood Bi­ble” by Bar­bara Kingslover.

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