Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School
Students must read both novels assigned to each grade level.
Incoming 6th Grade Incoming 7th Grade
Flush by Carl Hiassen Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Loser by Jerry Spinelli Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Incoming 8th Grade
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant (short story available online)
2016 Summer Reading Project Assignments
6th Grade Project Assignments:
Complete a project for each novel. Choose from these projects to present your summer reading novels. These projects should be completed over the summer so that they can be handed in the first week of school.
Comic Book-Create a comic book based on your book. It should be at least 10 pages long. Each page should be set up in a comic book format with illustrations and captions and should retell the plot of the story. The front cover should include: title of the book, author of the book and an illustration of a favorite scene from the book (like a book cover).
Book in a Bag- is a book report contained in a brown paper or paper gift bag (no larger than 12 inches tall). The inside of your bag should include items that you will be able to use to explain the plot of your book. The outside of the bag will be embellished with the following information:
The front of the bag should include: title of the book, author of the book and an illustration of a favorite scene from the book (like a book cover).
On the back of the bag, neatly write (or type) a one-paragraph summary of the book. (The summary should be 7-10 sentences long.)
Also on the back, summarize the theme, or message, of the book. (1-2 sentences)
On the side of the bag, describe the main character and the primary conflict he/she faces in the book. (3-5 sentences)
On the other side of the bag, state your opinion of the book. (Would you recommend it to others? Why or why not?) Then support your opinion with at least three details. (3-5 sentences)
Collect 5 physical objects or pictures of objects that are relevant to the plot of the story (that will fit into your bag) to help you explain the book when you give your presentation in class.
7th Grade Project Assignment:
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson; students will be tested on this book – NO PROJECT
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix; students are to produce the following project before school starts:
Character Alphabet Choose a character you liked from your reading selections. Create sentences based on the alphabet scheme that demonstrates your knowledge of the character. Your project should include the title of the book and the character's name. The following example illustrates a character alphabet of the character Zeke in the book Spite Fences.
A is the Abuse Zeke took at the hands of the racist mob.
B is for his Bending over Backwards to make sure the visiting civil rights activist could work in obscurity.
C is for the Camera that he gave Maggie so she could begin to look at the world in new ways.
8th Grade Project Assignments:
Complete both projects below. In addition to these projects, you will be quizzed on the stories when you return to school.
Project One - The Pearl: Kino’s Diary
After reading each chapter of The Pearl, compose a diary entry capturing Kino’s thoughts and feelings about major events that happened throughout the section. As you write, imagine you are Kino and respond to the events that occurred. You should have a total of six diary entries. Be sure to include the following:
The chapter you have read
The date of the entry
Major events that impacted Kino’s feelings and thoughts
References to characters appearing in that chapter
Kino’s plan to respond to the situations presented in the chapter
* For extra credit, make your diary realistic and authentic by crafting a journal to look and appear as if it was written in the early 1900s. Some suggestions include writing your entries on parchment paper, using yarn as binding, and writing in old-fashioned print.
In addition to this project, you will be required to compose an essay and complete a quiz on BOTH stories when you return to school.