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2020 Summer Reading Lists and Information

Rising 1st – 4th Grade Summer Reading Requirements       

  • Rising 1st:   Read and record at least 10 books of your choice.
  • Rising 2nd:   Read and record at least 10 books of your choice.
  • Rising 3rd:   Read and record at least 5 books of your choice.
  • Rising 4th:   Read and record at least 5 books of your choice.

Get the Reading Log HERE

(Rising 3rd and 4th graders need to make sure your 5 books are on your accelerated reader level.)

*****For all grades 1,2,3 and 4:  You are to pick 1 of your favorite books and choose 1 idea below……

This is due on the 1st day of school for a reading grade and to share with the class.  Have fun and be creative!!!

  • 1 written report with the form provided – Click HERE for the form
  • 1 poster decorated about your book, including the title, author, and of course your name.
  • 1 shoebox decorated about your book with the title, author, and of course your name.

Rising 5th – 8th Grade Summer Reading Requirements

Students should read as follows:

5th and 6th grades – one book of 75 pages or more

7th and 8th grades – one book of 100 pages or more

After reading the book, students should prepare a book report about the book. This book is the student’s own choosing, should have appropriate school text, and must be within the student’s AR reading level. The book report must be turned in to Mrs. Rhonda Byce on the first day of school or can be turned in to her during Open House. The book report should include the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Date the book report was completed
  • Book title (underlined)
  • Author
  • Number of pages in the book
  • Three paragraph summary of the book
  • Fourth paragraph stating if the student would recommend this book to a friend and why or why not (4 total paragraphs)

This book report will be the student’s first Language arts grade of the school year. It must be turned in on or before the first day of school in order to receive credit. The book report can be hand written or typed (double space, 12 font, Times New Roman).

You may also complete a reading log on notebook paper listing all of the books you read this summer, with authors’ names, and the dates you finished reading each book. Reading logs should be signed by a parent or guardian in order to receive credit. This will be for extra credit and must also be turned in on the first day of school or during Open House.

Rising 9th –12th Grade Summer Reading Requirements

Dear NGA Parents and Students,

NGA high school students are required to read one book during the course of the summer. On the first day of school in the fall, each student will submit his or her summer reading assignment. Students will need to plan accordingly over the summer to complete the reading and assigned essay (waiting until a week before school starts will not be enough time). Upon our return to school, students will participate in activities where understanding of the books they have read over the summer is essential to be successful in the classroom. Summer reading essays will serve as the first composition grade of the new school year. 


Below is a carefully chosen list of engaging and well-written fiction and nonfiction books that represent a variety of genres, styles and time periods. Your student should choose one book from his or her 2020-2021 grade list below. While I have endeavored to choose books of appropriate content, age level, and maturity, you are encouraged to research these selections. You may find sites such as commonsensemedia.org, or thrivingfamily.com helpful. Most of these books will be easily found in your local bookshop, or on sites like amazon.com and abebooks.com. You can usually find used copies online for around $5 and even less in many cases.

Grades 9-10

  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding              
  • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London                            
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott              
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams            
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank  
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson                  

Grade 11

  • The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Grade 12

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  • The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro


Write an essay (1 ½-2 double-spaced typed pages or 3-4 handwritten pages) that addresses ONE of the prompts below. 

* NOTE: In the writing of their essay, students should demonstrate clear evidence of having read the book. DO NOT rely on sites like sparknotes.com, shmoop.com, cliffsnotes.com etc.

1.) Discuss the author’s purpose (the theme of the book) and how that purpose is ultimately revealed to the reader through characters and plot. Use specific references from the book to support your statements. (DO NOT SUMMARIZE THE BOOK!) 

2.) Discuss how the book you have chosen for this essay connects with your life. Consider the characters and their experiences; consider what the characters learned from these experiences and how they affected their lives. Explain, using specific references from the book to support your ideas.

3.) Major characters in literature often change because of the forces that act upon them. From your chosen summer reading book, select a major character that undergoes major personal changes (ex. in beliefs, values, personality, etc.). Make sure to discuss his/her initial character, the forces or realizations that cause the changes, and how the character evolves because of the struggles he/she has endured.