2020 Summer Reading

For rising K-5 students, please view the Elementary Suggested Reading List.

The purpose of summer reading is to encourage students to practice reading skills and develop an enjoyment for reading. This year our focus is student choice. Therefore, a list of suggested novels has been created.

Expectations

  • Students will read one of the suggested novels from the list for their grade span or a book of their choice.  The book should reflect quality young adult literature to include the following:
    • descriptive or figurative language
    • character development
    • plot development
    • thematic depth
    • substantial length (100+ pages)
  • Students enrolled in Honors English and English AP will have an additional reading assignment (see below).  This novel is normally read and taught the 1st nine weeks of the school year.
  • Students will complete a "Book Talk" by Friday, August 28, 2020.  If a "Book Talk" is not presented or turned in, then a "0" will be placed in the gradebook. For more information, visit the How to Give a Book Talk page.

Reading Lists

Commonly Asked Questions
How can students access novels?

Novels can be obtained from public libraries, school libraries, and home libraries or collections. If you find the suggested books are no longer available through the public or school libraries, they are available for purchase via Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon.

What is a “Book Talk?”

A Book Talk tries to convince or persuade the person to read the book. The essence of a “Book Talk” is to “sell, don’t tell.” Thus, a Book Talk is more of an advertisement or a commercial. When conducting a “Book Talk” you may want to keep the following things in mind:

  • Do your own thing…create your own individual style.
  • Don’t talk a book you haven’t read.
  • Don’t tell the ending.
  • Don’t talk a book you don’t like or makes you uncomfortable.
  • PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE!

For more information, visit the How to Give a Book Talk page.

What about students who are new to the District?

Students new to the district will be allowed to complete a “Book Talk” on a novel they have read over the summer. If the student has not read a novel over the summer, he or she will be given an additional two weeks to read a novel and complete a “Book Talk.” If they do not complete the assignment, then a “0” will be placed in the gradebook.

What about students who are not new to HCS (Enrolls Between August 3-August 21, 2020)?

The student will be allowed to complete a "Book Talk" on a novel he/she has read over the summer.  If the student has not read a novel over the summer, then they will be given an additional two weeks (August 17-September 4) to read a novel and complete a "Book Talk."  If he/she does not complete the assignment, then a "0" will be placed in the gradebook.  Any student enrolled after August 28, 2020 will not be held accountable for completing a "Book Talk."

How will teachers hold each student accountable for completing the summer reading assignment?

Students will be required to do a "Book Talk" and turn it in on Friday, August 28, 2020.  Teachers are expected to grade each “Book Talk” and record it as an “In-Class” assignment (counting as 40% of the student’s grade) for the 1st nine-week grading period.

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