Summer Reading

This summer you should read as many books as you can!
Here’s why out-of-school reading matters:
➔ Students who develop strong reading skills at an early age are much more likely
to graduate from high school and seek post-secondary education and training.
➔ Reading is a key component of “soft skills,” such as communications, and it
bolsters analytical thinking.
➔ Students need especially strong reading skills to acquire knowledge in STEM
fields, and workers in STEM jobs must have advanced literacy skills to read and
communicate about scientific and technical topics.
➔ Just as important, research consistently shows that reading itself is one of the
most commonly and intensively used skills among all types of jobs across the
entire U.S. economy. (from Why Reading Matters and What To Do About It by Business Roundtable)

You may purchase or check out your self-selected book choices from the public library.
Don’t forget the online option with your public library card. Students can borrow
ebooks and audiobooks. Also, The Library of Congress has some books available to read
online at

Hixson Middle School

“Thank You M’am” by Langston Hughes &
“The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry

To create a community of readers Hixson Middle will use one text set, one
school approach to summer reading. The purpose of a school-wide summer
reading selection is to encourage students to continue reading while also
allowing for a shared experience.

The stories listed above must be read prior to the start of the school year.
Students will have discussions and activities in their Reading Language Arts classes.
Students will be assessed on their comprehension and participation.

Click here to access “Thank you Ma’am” & “The Ransom of Red Chief”

"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who
have not found the right book."
— Frank Sarafini
All content © 2021 Hamilton County Schools. All rights reserved. | Privacy Notice | Website by School Messenger