2017 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
To maintain your child’s current reading level during the summer months, I require that students read at least three books of their own choosing. These books MUST be within their end-of-school AR level. They will prepare a report or project for one of the books read. In addition, they will complete the attached reading log documenting all of their reading throughout the summer.
When students return to school in August, they will contribute to a summer reading display where reading projects will be showcased. Please see the instructions below for details on documenting summer reading.
Have a wonderful summer!
- Select at least 3 books to read over the summer. (Again, books must be within your AR reading level.) These books should be at least 100 or more pages in length and have school appropriate text.
- Use the attached reading log to document your reading. This will be turned in the first week of school.
- Choose one of the three books you read to create a report or project. See the options you have to choose from below.
- The summer reading assignments will be collected in your Language Arts class the first week of school.
Write a Book Report
Design a Poster
Create a 3-D Project
|Write a summary of the book and review it for your peers. Be sure to include specific information and details from the book. Write 2 paragraphs, and remember what you learned in paragraph writing (topic sentence, 3 detail sentences, and closing sentence makes a good paragraph).Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?||Design, draw and color a poster showing a scene from the book in detail. Draw a scene as you would picture it after reading the book. Also, write a paragraph (attach it to your poster) describing in detail what is happening in the picture you choose to draw on your poster and why you chose to draw this scene.Make sure to include the book title and author on your poster.||Create a 3-D scene from the book using a shoebox. This should be a scene as you would picture it from the book you read. Use three dimensional detail and make sure that it represents the scene of your choice. Also, write a paragraph describing in detail what is happening in the 3D scene and why you chose this scene. Make sure to include the book title and author on your project.|
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.