6th Grade Summer Reading List 2017-2018

Summer Reading Assignment for Incoming 6th Graders                                                


  1. Read the realistic fiction book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

  2. Complete the following:

Summary: Write a 2-3 paragraph summary about the book. Be sure to include the characters, setting, and main events.


Choose ONE of the questions below to answer:


Character Traits: Choose a character from the book. Write a paragraph about one trait that describes this character. Use 2-3 quotes as evidence to support your claim.


Character Change: Choose a character from the book. Write a paragraph that describes how this character changes throughout the book. Use 2-3 quotes as evidence to support your claim.


Please note that students will be assessed using a rubric that will include:

  • Provide background information about what is happening in the text.

  • Evidence (2-3 quotes).

  • Analysis: Create new understandings that explain how characters, setting, plots develop and change.

  • Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

7th Grade Summer Reading 2017-2018

7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

1) Read and respond to a text selected by the ELA department.

Students must read the following title:

Bystander by James Preller

            Eric is the new kid in seventh grade. Griffin wants to be his friend. When you’re new in town, it’s hard to know who to hang out with—and who to avoid. Griffin seems cool, confident, and popular.
     But something isn’t right about Griffin. He always seems to be in the middle of bad things. And if Griffin doesn't like you, you’d better watch your back. There might be a target on it.
     As Eric gets drawn deeper into Griffin’s dark world, he begins to see the truth about Griffin: He’s a liar, a bully, a thief. Eric wants to break away, do the right thing. But in one shocking moment, he goes from being a bystander . . . to the bully’s next victim.

2) In addition to the book listed above, students are to read two books of their choice.  List the titles and authors below:

Book #1:

Title: _____________________________________________________

Author: ___________________________________________________


Book #2:

Title: _____________________________________________________

Author: ___________________________________________________


3) After reading Bystander, students must write a literary essay as detailed on page 2.


Students are encouraged to type their papers, using 12-point Times New Roman font, with a one-inch margin on all sides. Students are to submit their papers during the first week of school.



In James Preller’s Bystander, the main character, Eric Hayes, faces experiences that cause him to change and make important choices.


In your essay, be sure to address the following:

  • What is Eric’s primary conflict in the story?
  • How does Eric’s personality change?
  • What new things does Eric learn about himself, about others, or about the world?
  • Use details from the text to support your answer


Check your writing for correct spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.



8th Grade Summer Reading List 2017-2018

8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment

1.) Read and respond to two texts selected by the ELA department:

     A. Everyone must read the following memoir:

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

     B. Choose at least one of the following novels based on your levels. Do not choose a book that you have already read.

Levels T-W

Just as Long as We’re Together by Judy Blume, Level T

Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper, Level V

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, Level W

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers, Level W


Levels X-Z

The Diary of Anne Frank, Level Y

Teen Angst? Naah… by Ned Vizzini, Level Y

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Level Z

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago, Level Z

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult, Level Z (Note: This book contains mature content)

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, Level Z+ (Note: this book contains mature content)


After reading two of the above books, students must respond to the essay prompt below:

In most texts the protagonist (main character) faces a conflict (problem) that he or she struggles to overcome. In the novel Tuesdays with Morrie, the protagonist Mitch Albom faces many internal conflicts.

Your task is to discuss an internal conflict Mitch Albom faces and its impact on him. Then, choose the protagonist from one of the novels from the list above, identify a significant internal conflict he/she experiences, and discuss how the conflict impacts him/her. Then, compare how what they learned from their conflicts is similar or different.  


In your essay be sure to:

  • Identify and discuss an internal conflict that Mitch Albom faces and its impact on him
  • Identify and discuss an internal conflict that the protagonist (from the other novel you selected) faces and its impact on him/her
  • Compare similarities or differences about what Mitch and the other protagonist learn about themselves as a result of the conflict.


Students are encouraged to type their papers, using 12 point Times New Roman font, with a one-inch margin on all sides. The rubric for Grade 8 Informational Essays (based on the Common Core Standard for Informational Writing is attached for reference


2.) Students must also select a THIRD text of their choice. It can be fiction or non-fiction but should be at their level and appropriately challenging.


Grade 8 Literary Essay Rubric

(Based on Common Core for Informational/Explanatory Writing)