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Summer Reading

North Country School students are expected to read over the summer. Consistent reading is essential for the development of vocabulary, the advancement in writing skills, and improvement in reading speed and comprehension. Students in each grade level will read a common text over the summer; we expect students to read many, many more books of their choice this summer, in addition to the common text.

At the beginning of classes in September, students will complete a writing assessment, using their grade level’s common text as the subject of that assignment. They should therefore bring their copy of the common text to school for reference. Specific instructions for ESL students are included below.

Common Texts

4th and 5th Grade

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

6th Grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry

7th Grade

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

8th and 9th Grade

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Returning ESL Students: Be sure to read more in English than just the assigned book for your grade level. Bring a hard copy of your grade level’s common text and at least one other book you read this summer to school in September.

New ESL Students: Try reading the assigned book for your level. If this is too difficult, families or consultants should email the International Student Program Coordinator, Meredith Hanson (mhanson@northcountryschool.org). All ESL students are expected to practice reading anything in English that is appropriate to their level (such as graphic novels, magazines for young readers, or simplified texts). Students must bring at least one text they have read to school in the fall. Please read books in your native language as well. Bring a hard copy of your grade level’s common text and at least one other book you read this summer to school in September.

Please review the Association for Library Service to Children’s 2017 Summer Reading List for additional selections.

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