Middle School – Grades 6-8

Summer Required Reading

Grade 6

  • National Geographic Kids: Anne Frank by Alexandra Zapruder

I am aware that this book is written at a 5th grade level, but I would like you to become familiar with this time history and the Holocaust. I feel that this book is a very age appropriate way to introduce this. The first novel that we will read together as a class in the fall is Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Reading the National Geographic book on Anne Frank will help to build background prior to starting that novel.

  • The second summer reading book is your choice of one of the Who Was? Who Is? biography series. You may choose a person of interest to you, but the book level must be within your ZPD from the latest STAR Assessment. After reading the biography, students will create a “Person of the Year” magazine cover. Using the template provided create a magazine cover that includes the following
  1. Picture of the person
  2. Date magazine was published
  3. One major headline that explains why the person on the cover is important
  4. Two sub-headlines that identifies two key events and/or accomplishments in that person’s life.
  • Third book will be free choice. The only requirement is that the fiction or non-fiction boo that is selected is within your ZPD. You will complete an AR quiz during the first week of school on this book.


Grade 7

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

  • Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story (1996 ed.) by Ben Carson and Cecil Murphy

After reading the book, each student must create an inspirational poster using lessons Dr. Ben Carson learned according to the book. The poster is due Thursday, September 8th.

Inspirational Poster Directions:

  1. Use a half sheet of regular sized 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 four corners.
  3. Write neatly five rules or lessons for life from Ben Carson’s biography.
    • the rules or lessons must be imperative or declarative sentences.
    • Must be a rule or lesson he learned or talked about in the book that you can relate to or use in your life now in school or in the 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 page number and explanation you have written.
  • The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis.

For this novel each student will take an AR quiz in school by Thursday, September 8th.

  • Finally you need to read one additional book of your choice within your AR reading range and take the quiz in school by Friday, September 9th. You can use www.arbookfind.com to check that your book falls within your range and that there is a quiz available for the book.


Grade 8

The theme for the eighth grade summer reading is seeing the face of Jesus in everyone. There are three required books.

  • I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the TalibanĀ by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (ISBN:0136322423)

This is an unabridged version of this book. The students will take a quiz on the book Thursday, September 8th.

  • In addition to the above assigned reading, each student need to read two additional books of his/her choice with the student’s AR reading range and that has an AR quiz. You can use www.arbookfind.com to check that the book falls within your reading range. On Friday, September 9th, each student will take an AR quiz based on these books in school.

The grades based on summer reading will be included as part of the first trimester reading grade.

Eighth grade students are required to read 5 books per trimester and take an AR quiz on each book.