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Peekskill Middle School
Summer Reading Assignment
Incoming 7th Grade Students

Summer is here again! Congratulations on reaching the end of another school year and, hopefully, gaining more knowledge about the world, your community, and even yourself. Although summer is undoubtedly a time to rest, relax and recuperate, it’s also a great time to enjoy a good book. After all, learning never stops and our ability to read and enjoy literature is a skill that we constantly need to nurture. How does that happen? Quite simply, by reading!


With that in mind, over the summer you are required to read two books and complete two “Book Analysis Activity Sheets”; for extra credit you can also create one “Alternative Activity Project”. All assignments are described in detail in this packet. Additional information can also be found linked to Peekskill Middle School’s website. Also, in September students will write an in-class, on-demand essay.
We have prepared a list of recommended texts, at a variety of ability levels, to help you choose books. When choosing what to read, keep in mind your current reading level, as determined by the recent Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI). Additionally, students can choose books not on any list, on another grade’s list, or on the supplemental “Short Books for Tall People” list. Regardless of the list, choose texts that are appropriate for your grade level and individual reading ability. Ultimately, your task is to design your own summer reading adventure, based on your individual interests and ability level; the lists provided are highly recommended resources in mapping out the journey.
Starting next year off right begins with this assignment, as it will count as your first project grade for English. We’re looking forward to getting to know you for another exciting year of reading, writing and learning in the fall!

-Mrs. G. Blackman and Mr. F. Cancro, 6th grade teachers

- Ms. N.A. Bolden and Ms. S. Wallach, 7th grade teachers

- Mr. B. Bloom and Ms. L. Viola, 8th grade teachers


Your task:

  • Read TWO books during the summer (recommended reading lists attached).

  • Complete TWO Book Analysis Activity Sheets (one per book).

  • Extra Credit: Complete ONE (1) Alternative Activity Project in response to one book (your choice).


Due Dates:

  • TWO Book Analysis Activity Sheets (required) and Alternative Activity Project (extra credit) due on Friday, September 12.

  • An IN-CLASS essay will be given during the month of September.


Peekskill Middle School, 212 Ringgold Street, Peekskill, New York 10566
Summer Reading Assignment -- INCOMING 7TH GRADERS
Be prepared to respond to the following prompt for the in-class essay in September:

Describe, in detail, the protagonist (main character) of one of the novels you read this summer. Discuss how the character changed from the beginning to the end of the book. The change could be emotional, physical, or in personality. Be sure to explain how the change occurred. Did the change bring about a life lesson for the character? Use specific details from the book to support your answers.

* You will be allowed to use your Book Analysis Activity Sheets to complete the essay.
Suggested Reading List -- INCOMING 7TH GRADERS


Author

Title

Genre

Andrew Clements

Things Not Seen

Realistic Fic/Fantasy L690

Ann Martin

A Dog’s Life

Realistic Fic L870

Arvella Whitmore

Trapped between the Lash and the Gun

Realistic Fic L630

Chris Crowe

Mississippi Trial 1955

Hist.Fic (Civil rights- Emmett Till) L870

Gail Giles

Shattering Glass

Realistic Fic L590

Gary Paulsen

Mr. Tucket

Historical Fic (1840’s Oregon Trail) L830

Gordon Korman

The Juvie Three

Realistic Fic L730

Iain Lawrence

The Wreckers

Hist.Fic (1799shipwreck) L870

Jerry Spinelli

Crash/Loser/Wringer/Library Card

Realistic Fic L560-690

Julian Houston

New Boy

Hist. Fic (Integration 1950’s) L990

Karen Hesse

Letters from Rifka

Hist. Fic (escape from Russia 1919) L830

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Running Out of Time -or-

Among the Hidden (series)

Sci Fi/Time travel (1840’s) L730

Science Fiction L650-800



Mike Lupica

Summer Ball -or-

Million Dollar Throw

Realistic Fic L910 up

Natasha Friend

Perfect -or- Lush -or- Bounce

Realistic Fic L550up

Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me

Realistic Fic L750

Rick Riordan

The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)

Fantasy L590-740

Sharon M. Draper

Tears of a Tiger

Realistic Fic L700

Sherri Smith

Flygirl

Hist.Fic ( (WWII: Afr. Amer. pilot) L680

Suzanne Weyn

Bar Code Tattoo -or- Rebellion

Science Fic L880

Walter Dean Myers

Scorpions -or- Slam!

Realistic Fic L601-750


Note: Lexile numbers (provided on the right) are a helpful indicator of the difficulty level. Lower lexile numbers indicate less challenging texts; higher lexile numbers indicate more challenging texts.

English Language Arts



Book Analysis Activity Sheet
Student’s Name: ___________________________________________________________
Book Title & Author: _______________________________________________________


  1. Describe the book’s setting (time & place):

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




  1. In the graphic organizer below, identify the main characters and describe them. You must use details from the text to prove the character traits (evidence and page number is required).

    Character’s Name

    Character Traits

    Evidence from the book (include page numbers)







    On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…








    On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…








    On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…








    On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…


  2. Describe the conflict (problem) that exists in the novel:

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What happens in the end? How is the conflict resolved?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What is the theme (message) of the story? What did the character (or you) learn from what happened? How do you know?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What is your overall evaluation of the book? Identify your overall rating (excellent, very good, average, not good) and discuss two specific reasons as support.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

English Language Arts



Book Analysis Activity Sheet
Student’s Name: ___________________________________________________________
Book Title & Author: _______________________________________________________


  1. Describe the book’s setting (time & place):

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________




  1. In the graphic organizer below, identify the main characters and describe them. You must use details from the text to prove the character traits (evidence and page number is required).

Character’s Name

Character Traits

Evidence from the book (include page numbers)







On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…








On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…








On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…








On pg ____, the character shows this trait by…


  1. Describe the conflict (problem) that exists in the novel:

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What happens in the end? How is the conflict resolved?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What is the theme (message) of the story? What did the character (or you) learn from what happened? How do you know?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  1. What is your overall evaluation of the book? Identify your overall rating (excellent, very good, average, not good) and discuss two specific reasons as support.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Contract Activity Package (CAP)

Summer Reading 2014: Peekskill Middle School

Mandated Expectations:


  • Read Book One (1) and complete a Book Analysis Activity Sheet.

  • Read Book Two (2) and complete a Book Analysis Activity Sheet.

  • Complete one (1) Alternative Activity in response to one book (extra credit)


Objective:

Choose one (1) Alternative Activity as a creative response to one (1) summer reading book.

Include each of the required components: Title and Author, Setting (time and place), Characters,

Character Traits with Supporting Evidence, Conflict (problem), Theme (message), and Opinion.





Activity Alternatives

***All responses MUST include ALL elements listed in the objective above/ Book Analysis Activity Sheet.***

Reporting Alternative


Design a Power-Point presentation (minimum of twelve (12) slides) that provides an overview of one book.

1. During the summer, share your Power-Point with a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.




Create a video responding to one book. The video can be designed as an interview or a re-enactment of one book.


1. During the summer, share your video with a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.



Create a Tactual Resource, such as an electroboard, task card, learning wheel, pic and answer, flip chute, floor game, etc.). Include at least 20 questions and answers.


1. During the summer, share and play with your tactual response with a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.



Create an exam including twenty (20) multiple-choice questions based on one book. Provide four answers for each question (three fake answers; one real answer).


1. During the summer, give your exam to a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.




Create a podcast, wiki, or blog responding to one book.

1. During the summer, post and share your podcast, wiki, or blog with a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.




Write a song, rap, or poem in response to one book.

1. During the summer, sing/ read your song, rap, or poem to a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.



Design a Comic Strip, Poster Board or Picture Book responding to one book.


1. During the summer, share your Comic Strip, Poster Board, or Picture Book with a peer and parent.

2. In September, be prepared to share in school.





TWO Book Analysis Activity Sheets (required) and ONE Alternative Activity Project (extra credit) are due on Friday, September 12, 2014.


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