Students read books in school

Throughout a student’s junior high and high school career, they will have many books assigned to them to be read, whether it be for essays, book reports, or even history projects.

In seventh and eighth grade, the books that students will commonly have to read include, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, The Diary of Anne Frank, adapted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, and  likely projects where they have to choose a book to read.

In ninth grade, common books to be assigned may be, Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Ninth graders taking Honors U.S. History will also have to choose a historical fiction book to read.

Once a student gets to the high school, their reading assignments may look different. There will likely be some more choices in books to read. Depending on what English class students choose, it may be more writing focused, with less reading assignments. Regardless, common books to read for school in these grade levels include, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Macbeth by William Shakespeare, 1984 by George Orwell, and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Holmes freshman Elliot Sommerfeldt said they really enjoyed a book they chose to read. Sommerfeldt said, “My favorite book I’ve read this school year is The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. I liked it because I really enjoyed the writing style and storyline.”

Sophomore Adaline Ebensberger said she likes a book she read a while back. Ebensberger said, “My favorite would have to be The Outsiders. I loved the book and I’ve rewatched the movie a dozen times. It’s definitely my favorite book we’ve had to read.”

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