2018 Summer Reading Lists and Information
Rising 1st-4th grade Summer Reading Requirements – Mrs. Cindy Mixon
Rising 1st : Read and record at least 10 books of your choice on your reading log.
Rising 2nd : Read and record at least 10 books of your choice on your reading log.
Rising 3rd : Read and record at least 5 books of your choice on your reading log.
Rising 4th : Read and record at least 5 books of your choice on your reading log.
(Rising 3rd and 4th graders need to make sure your 5 books are on your accelerated reader level.)
****FOR ALL GRADES 1, 2, 3, & 4 YOU ARE TO PICK ONE OF YOUR BOOKS FOR ONE IDEA BELOW:
This is due during the 1st DAY of school for a reading grade and to share with the class. Have fun and be creative!!!
- 1 written report with the form provided here
- 1 poster decorated about your book
- 1 shoebox decorated about your book
Rising 5th-8th Grade :: Summer Reading Requirements
Students should read one book of 100 pages or more and prepare a book report. This book is of the student’s own choosing, should have appropriate school text, and must be within your AR reading level. The book report must be turned in to Mrs. Rhonda Byce on the first day of school or can be turned in to her during Open House. The book report should include the following information:
- Your name
- Date you completed book report
- Book title
- Number of pages
- Three paragraph summary of the book
- Fourth paragraph stating if you would recommend this book to a friend and why or why not (4 total paragraphs)
This book report will be your first language arts grade of the school year. It must be turned in on or before the first day of school in order to receive credit. The book report should be hand written.
You may also complete a reading log on notebook paper listing all of the books you read this summer, with authors’ names, and dates you finished reading each book. Reading logs should be signed by a parent in order to receive credit. This will be for bonus points and must also be turned in on the first day of school or during Open House.
High School Summer Reading (all rising 9th-12th graders)
Reading is an important skill that benefits the student in so many ways.
Students who read all year long are able to increase reading comprehension, reading levels, and critical thinking skills. Each student must read the required book, A Separate Peace by John Knowles, and complete the following assignments before the first day of school.
On the first day of school, bring this form, stapled to your typed answers, to your English or Bible class. Since we are on the block schedule, some will not have English until second semester, but the summer reading is still due and will be the first grade in English/Bible classes.
Even though you are not writing an essay, each answer should be written in a complete paragraphs of a minimum of eight sentences each.
After reading A Separate Peace by John Knowles, answer the following questions in fully-developed paragraphs:
- Write an introduction to the main character. Describe him physically, mentally, and spiritually. What are his strengths? What are his weaknesses? What does the author say directly about this character and what does he hint at indirectly to develop his personality and demeanor?
- The theme of a story is an over-arching idea or principle the author is trying to draw attention to or highlight. In a paragraph, identify one clearly presented theme of this novel. Explain one or two scenes from the book that help support the theme you have selected.
- In every story, a character must face a difficult decision. Very often, the decision this character makes influences all of the remaining events in a story. Also, this decision frequently comes at the end of a long mental or physical struggle for the character. Briefly describe an important decision one character had to make. Be sure to show why it was important, and explain why the character made the decision he or she did.
- Often, when discussing the development of a story, one mentions conflict. Conflict can be defined as the meeting of two opposing forces and the problems or events that result from this meeting. For A Separate Peace, explain what you think the main conflict is, and then offer one or two episodes from the text that show how this conflict was explored in the book. How was this conflict resolved and was it a healthy, wise, and biblical resolution for all characters involved?
- What did you like about this novel, and what was your least favorite part? You may include plot events, themes, writer’s style, historical setting, etc.