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School system asks students to open a book this summer

COVINGTON - Many students in Newton County may be spending the summer by the pool or sleeping late, but in between their relaxation, officials at the Newton County School System want students to get in a little educational reading, too.

This year, as in the past, NCSS is requiring middle and high school students to participate in summer reading. NCSS also provides reading list options for students in kindergarten through fifth grades, but their participation is not a requirement.

"We believe that students should keep their minds active during their time off, and reading a couple of books is an easy way to do this," said Adria Griffin, middle school curriculum director at NCSS. "Students are to simply select at least one book off the summer reading list, read it and be prepared to complete an assignment related to their chosen book when they return to school in August."

In many instances, students were given a reading list before school was out. Complete lists, text descriptions and assignments also are available on the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org.

The lists given to elementary school parents and students simply are a guide for parents who wish for their child to participate in summer reading.

Middle school students were told to read one book and be prepared to complete an assignment during the first week of school in their language arts classes; two additional books and assignments may be completed for extra credit.

High school students were told to read a novel from their grade-level list to receive an extra credit test grade for an assignment of their teacher's choice. High school students taking Advanced Placement courses may be required to read a certain book choice and complete an assignment over the summer, as assigned by their teacher.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: 2009 Summer Reading List -- Select Choices

Kindergarten-Second Grade*

"Bonaparte" by Marsha Wilson Chall

"How to Catch an Elephant" by Amy Schwartz

"The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson

Third-Fifth Grades*

"The Indian in the Cupboard" by Lynne Reid Banks

"The White Elephant" by Sid Fleischman

"The Great Chicken Debacle" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Sixth Grade

"Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Patterson

"Shadow Children Series" by Margaret Peterson Haddix

"The Witch of Blackbird Pond" by Elizabeth George Speare

Seventh Grade

"Face on the Milk Carton" by Caroline B. Cooney

"Phoenix Rising" by Karen Hesse

"Soldier's Heart" by Gary Paulsen

Eighth Grade

"Bless Me, Ultima" by Rudolfo Anaya

"Fever, 1793" by Laurie Halse Anderson

"The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton

Ninth Grade

"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson

"The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien

"Anthem" by Ayn Rand

10th Grade

"All Creatures Great and Small" by James Herriot

"Daisy Miller" by Henry James

"The Piano Lesson" by August Wilson

11th Grade

"The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancy

"A Gathering of Old Men" by Ernest J. Gaines

"Mules and Men" by Zora Neale Hurston

12th Grade

"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte

"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin

"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley

· A complete list of titles and text descriptions are available on the NCSS Web site, www.newtoncountyschools.org. Advanced Placement students may have other requirements.

*Not required

Source: Newton County School System