We believe that learning is a year-round endeavor. Consequently, summer vacation is a wonderful time for children to enjoy reading while simultaneously reinforcing skills and strategies learned throughout the academic year. In addition to setting high standards for our students, the purpose of this reading assignment is to encourage incoming seventh graders to enjoy reading and to view it as a means to gain valuable knowledge.
Rising 7th Grade Students
Over the summer, each student entering seventh grade is required to read ONE book of the three listed below:
Rising 8th Grade Students
Over the summer, each student entering eighth grade is required to read ONE book of the two listed below:
To validate that the students have read the books, each student will take an AR test on the novel he or she selected within the first quarter of school. Furthermore, students are required to keep an informal STUDY GUIDE NOTEBOOK while reading. They should keep notes about the PLOT, CHARACTERS, and CONFLICTS in the story.
All books are available at the local libraries, Barnes & Noble and Ed McKay bookstores and online at www.amazon.com, www.bn.com and available for download on Nooks, Kindles and other eReading devices. We look forward to meeting or seeing you again. Have an enjoyable and relaxing summer. Happy Reading!
8th Grade Summer Reading
by Theodore Taylor
Background: Setting is the Great Dismal Swamp in North Carolina. Two teenagers havean adventure working with bears and helping to solve a murder whileexperiencing the teen issues.
1. Title Page: Name of book centered
i. 4blank spaces
ii. Student'sName centered a
2. Table of Content
3. Social Studies component: Full page handdrawn outline map of North Carolina.
4. Locate and label Greensboro and outline GuilfordCounty
5. Color in the Great Dismal Swamp and label thecounties included.
· Locate and label the bordering states and waterbodies including the sounds
6. Make map colorful and neat
7. Choose either main character. Follow thatcharacter through out the book while making a list of the charactertraits. Then write an essay explaining how that character has changed andhow the change affected the development of the book.
8. Make a list of new vocabulary words that youencountered while reading. Try to define the words using context clues.
Remember this project is your first grade of the 8th grade. At the same time, you are making your first impression on your new 8th gradeteachers. Let's make this impression a very positive one by turning in aproject you are extremely proud to give to your teacher. All papers are tobe in ink (black) or completed on computer. Neatness should be the key.
When you return to school, your language arts teachers will beexcitly awaiting your project on the FIRSTday of school. In 8th grade, we DONOT accept LATEwork. Our goal is to prepare you for high school, where they do notaccept late work either. In class, you will continue to discuss thebook. Be prepared to write an essay about how you felt about the book andwhat you learned. Also, you will be asked in class to summarize the bookand possibly making a graphic novel of the major events in thestory. Remember RAMS EXCEL WITHOUT EXCUSES!
Have fun reading this exciting story and enjoy your summer!
~Your future 8th grade teachers