Middle School – Grades 6-8


Summer Required Reading

 

Grade 6

Required Reading

  • National Geographic Kids: Anne Frank by Alexandra Zapruder (Book Level:5)
    • The first novel that we will read together this fall is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  
    • Reading the National Geographic book will help to build background on
      this time in history and the Holocaust.

 

  • Biography of your choice.   
    • Choose a person of interest to you that you will enjoy learning more about.  
    • Please be sure that the book level is within your ZPD.

 

  • 3rd book is free choice!  Have fun! Again, be
    sure that you choose a book that is within your ZPD.

 

Required Writing

  • After reading the biography, please create a “Person of the Year” magazine cover. You may use the template provided or make your own. Be sure to include a picture of the person, date the magazine was published, one major headline that explains why the person on the cover is important, and two sub-headlines that identifies two key events and/or accomplishments in that person’s life.

 

  • After reading your free choice book, please create a “Book Talk” presentation.  Directions are attached. Book Talk presentations will take place during the second week of school.  This is a great opportunity to hear about what your friends are reading and to get some ideas for your next independent reading book.

 

Have a safe and wonderful summer!  I love teaching 6th grade reading and I look forward to having you
in class next year!

 

 

Grade 7

The theme for the seventh grade summer reading is overcoming challenges.
There are three required books.

The first is Gifted Hands, Revised Kids Edition: The Ben Carson Story (2014 ed.)
(ISBN-13: 978-0310738305) by Gregg Lewis and Deborah Shaw Lewis. For this
book each student must create an inspirational poster using lessons Dr. Ben
Carson learned in the book. The poster will be due Friday, September 7th.
Inspirational Poster directions:
1. Use a half sheet of regular size poster board so that it measures 22” x 14.”
2. Create a 1/2” to 3/4” border and add a design or decorations to each of the
4 corners.
3. Write neatly 5 rules or lessons for life from Ben Carson’s biography.
* The rules or lessons must be imperative or declarative sentences.
* Must be a lesson or rule he learned or talked about in book that you can
relate to or use in your life now in school or in your future.
4. On the back of the poster write or type for each rule the page # and
incident from the book that the rule comes from or relates to.
*Also, in 1-2 sentences, write how the rule applies to you.
*Make sure the rule number on the back corresponds with the number on
the number and explanation on the back of poster.
5. On the back of board, also, include your name.
6. Make use any art material you would like. However, poster must be neat
and creative with no pencil, staples, or visible tape.

In addition to the assigned reading, each student needs to read two additional
book of your choice within your AR reading range.

All students will take the AR quizzes upon return to school by Friday,
September 7th on all books read over the summer. You can use www.arbookfind.com
to check your book falls within your range and that there is a quiz available.

**You may find copies of required summer work on Miss Viera’s webpage at
missvs.weebly.com.***

 

Grade 7 Honors

The theme for the seventh grade honors summer reading is overcoming challenges.
There are three required books.

The first is Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary
Family and Me by Dr. Condoleezza Rice. (ISBN-13: 978-0385738804) Using the pages given, each student will create a larger poster. The poster will be due
Friday, September 7th.

Poster directions:
1. Fill in the information on your poster from the memoir.
2. Mount sheets on a poster board for backing and add a ¾ to 1 inch
decorative boarder around your poster.
3. Color and decorate your poster. NEATLY!
4. On the back of board, also, include your name.
5. Make use any art material you would like for border. However, poster
must be neat and creative with no pencil, staples, or visible tape.
The second book is The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. After reading the novel,
each student will create a “Character Autopsy” for a main character in the
novel. (See Miss Viera’s website for directions)

In addition to the assigned reading, each student needs to read one additional
book of your choice within your AR reading range, and must take the quiz upon
return to school by Friday, September 7th.
Students can use www.arbookfind.com to check your book falls within their ZPD
range and that there is a quiz available.

**You may find copies of required summer work on Miss Viera’s webpage at
missvs.weebly.com.***

 

 

Grade 8 Summer Reading

The theme for the eighth grade summer reading is seeing the face of Jesus in
everyone. There are three required books.
The first is Hidden Figures Young Reader’s Edition by Margot Leet Shetterly.
(ISBN: 978-0062662378) The students will take a quiz on Thursday, September
8th.
Also, each student will complete the webquest on Hidden Figures and turn in
completed to the teacher on Thursday, September 7th.
In addition to the above assigned reading, each student needs to read two
additional books of his or her choice within his or her AR reading range and has
an AR quiz. You can use www.arbookfind.com to check that the book falls
within your reading range.

On Friday, September 8th, each student will take the AR quiz associated with
his or her free choice book.

Each of the AR quizzes and the webquest grades will be included in the first
trimester grades for literature.

(Each 8th grade student will be required to read 24 books total over the course of
the year and take an AR quiz on each book read including the summer reading.)