Summer reading: Ornell, ‘The Great Gypsy’


The Hempstead Public Schools summer reading list has

The Hempstead Public Schools summer reading list has more than 30 errors, including misspellings of ‘The Great Gatsby,’ David McCullough and Frederick Douglass.

George Ornell, Emily Bonte and F. Scott Fizgerald’s The Great Gypsy are on the error-riddled summer reading list of Hempstead Public Schools, reports Newsday. The Long Island newspaper found more than 30 mistakes, including misspellings of authors’ names and book titles.

The full reading list  is “coordinated according to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards by grade level,” the intro proclaims. The writer’s excessive fondness for commas also mars the writing.

I note that ninth and 10th graders are encouraged to read The Witch of Blackbird by Elizabeth George Apeare over the summer. I read The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare in third or fourth grade. The School Library Journal says it’s written for grades 5 to 8.

Eleventh and 12th graders are urged to read the Declaration of Independence by R. Conrad Stein. You thought it was by Thomas Jefferson? This is a book about the Declaration written for kids in grades 3 to 5.

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