|Time Out for Reading|
Time Out for Reading is a program designed to provide students and staff with a time to read for personal pleasure, enjoyment and relaxation in hopes that this time will spur the reader to set aside in their daily life to continue the habit of reading. It is also a time for students and staff to come together in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss and share ideas about a common reading experience. Refreshments and thematic decorations help to create a mood conducive to open sharing and the creation of new relationships.
This year Time Out for Reading will be held once a quarter.
# 1 – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is a timeless classic that only gets more significant with the passage of time. Told through the eyes and ears of Scout, this is the story of doing the right thing even when all is against you. Harper Lee gives us several unforgettable characters, Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, Jem and Scout, and Dill. Each teaches us a different lesson about the importance of tolerance and understanding of our fellow man. This is done with humor, gentle lessons and frightening events.
# 2 – Mississippi Trial , 1955 by Chris Crowe
At first Hiram is excited to visit his hometown in Mississippi. But soon after he arrives, he crosses paths with Emmett Till, a black teenager from Chicago who is also visiting for the summer, and Hiram sees firsthand how the local whites mistreat blacks who refuse to "know their place." When Emmett's tortured dead body is found floating in a river, Hiram is determined to find out who could do such a thing. But what will it cost him to know? Mississippi Trial, 1955 is a gripping read, based on true events that helped spark the Civil Rights Movement. In Mississippi in 1955, a sixteen-year-old finds himself at odds with his grandfather over issues surrounding the kidnapping and murder of a fourteen-year-old African American from Chicago. (Barnes & Noble)
Everything Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
We will be discussing all aspects of Harry Potter’s life and adventures. Students can come dressed as their favorite character and the discussion will cover all seven books, ideas for alternate endings and thoughts on where Harry can go as an adult. All are invited to spend an hour in the world of Hogwart’s and magic.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
This twenty-five year old, award-winning classic is one that addresses important issues as seen through the innocent yet intelligent eyes of the young protagonist, Ender Wiggin. Ender has been recruited by the International Fleet which takes him to the distant Battle School, where brilliant children are trained in military strategy and tactics. The centerpiece of their education is a simulated battle game at which Ender quickly excels, eventually becoming the youngest commander in history. If you’ve only seen the movie, now is the time to read this book and get ready for a great discussion.
Student’s Choice – It may be another classic title or something new and in the news, but whatever it is, we are sure to have a fun and interesting discussion.
Mrs. Judi Rath
7:00am - 3:30pm
There are times during the school year that the hours are extended. These will be posted here when they are in effect.