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Riverdale Middle School Summer Reading for 2016-2017 School Year
The purpose of Summer Reading: Research shows that students who read regularly score higher on vocabulary related sections of standardized tests. More importantly, people who read regularly open themselves to an expansive world of ideas, magic, wonder, and information that enhances every day.
All students will be required to read two novels over the summer break. See the list below for your grade level. You will take a test with your ELA teacher on the required novel. The second novel you will choose a project to complete to turn in to your ELA teacher.
Incoming 6th Regular Students are required to read How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart. Students are also required to choose a second novel: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum, or Road Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen.
Incoming 6th Honors and 7th Regular students are required to read True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by AVI. Students are also required to choose a second novel: One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, or Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai.
Incoming 7th Honors and 8th Regular students are required to read Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick. Students are also required to choose a second novel: The Watsons go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis, Coraline by Neil Gaiman, or The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen.
Incoming English I students are required to read And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie. Students are also required to choose a second novel: The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, or Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.
Project choices for your second book (choose one):
- Keep reading log/journal on the books read and make a list of words you have learned. Write the new word, copy the sentence in which it is used, write a definition using your own words, and draw a picture or symbol which reminds you what the word means.
- Look through magazines for words and pictures that describe your book. Use these to create a collage.
- Using email or other means of corresponding, write to another person (friend or parent) about the book as you read it, having a writing conversation about the book.
- Design a poser to advertise your book. Be creative. . .use details. . . . use color! Try to make it 3-D or movable.
- Draw/Paint a multi colored cover for your book. It must be different from any other cover for that book. Include important “book jacket” information.
- Create a timeline of the major events in the book you read. Use drawings or magazine cutouts to show the events along the timeline. Label each event.
- Plan a party for the characters in the book you read. In order to do this, complete each of the following tasks (a) Design an invitation to the party which would appeal to the characters. (b) Imagine that you are the characters in the book and tell what each would wear at the party. (c) Tell what food you would serve and why. (d) Tell what games or entertainment you will provide and why your choices are appropriate. (e )_ tell how the characters act at the party. (f) What kind of a party is this? (Birthday, housewarming, anniversary, etc.)
- Write a character diary, writing at least six journal entries as if you are the main character in the story. Write down events that happen during the story and reflect on how they affected the character and why.
- Write three poems about three of the characters.
- Instead of traveling into the book, write a scene or story including pictures in which the characters(s) travel out of the book into today.
- Tape an interview with one of the characters in the book you read. Pretend this character is being interviewed by a magazine reporter. Write a script before taping in case you might want to ask assistance of a partner.
- Design a T-shirt that promotes your book
I am available for tutoring every Wednesday at lunch 10:47-11:32. Students just need to ask for a pass.
Classroom Expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Positive, Be Safe
All information for both the Reading and English 6th grade honors classes will be posted on this wiki page. ELA stands for English Language Arts, which is a combination style of learning that incorporates reading and writing into the same subject for better and deeper learning. English and Reading block together to form an ELA course. By teaching your child both subjects, we are able to read and write about the same topics. As an honors class, students will be working on the next grade level up material. My expectation is for students to turn in 7th grade quality work.
Honors students MUST maintain a C average throughout the school year to remain in the Honor Program. If your child is ever absent please visit this page for all missing assignments and classwork. Any time a homework assignment is turned in late, every day I will subtract 10 points from the grade. After 3 days, I will not accept any late assignments and the student will receive a 0%. Major projects will not be accepted late.
- ELA Binder (1″ or larger)
- Lots of loose leaf paper (several packs to get you through the whole school year I prefer college ruled lines)
- Yellow Highlighter
- Black Pen
- Blue Pen
- Red Pen
- Green Pen (not a light green please, it is difficult to read)
- Colored pens and yellow highlighter are for the color coded step up to writing program
I highly recommend purchasing a 4 color bic pen. That way you have all of the colors in one writing pen + one yellow highlighter!
Appreciated Classroom Donations: Kleenex, White Copy Paper, Colored Copy Paper, Construction Paper, Hand Sanitizer, Loose Leaf Paper
You may purchase the novels from Scholastic (which helps get free books for the classroom) or any bookseller because it is highly recommended to have a copy of the novels we will be reading at home, but it is not required.