6th Grade

Your Summer Reading book will be, Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart. In addition to a quiz after school starts, you will need to complete the following assignment.

Assignment: “ Book in a …..”
Due Date: Monday, August 21 (the first MONDAY of school)

After reading Some Kind of Courage, you should select a book report container. The container could be a plastic bag, an envelope, a can, a shoebox, an oatmeal box or anything else that might be appropriate for the book. Decorate your container to represent some major details, elements or theme of the book.

Next, begin working on the contents for your container. Include the following:

  • Questions: Write 10 questions, on notecards, based on the book. Five of the questions can be about general content, but the other 5 must require more thinking. (Ex: Why do you think Joseph wanted so badly to find Sarah?)
  • Vocabulary: Create a 10-word glossary of unfamiliar words from the book. Write the word and definition.
  • Things: Include 5 items that have a connection to your story.

The third and final part of this project will be the student presentation. You will present your “ Book in a ….” project to the class. In the presentation, you will need to explain the connection of the container to the book and explain the 5 items in your container.

This project will count as a test grade. Please be neat and creative! Work hard on this and show me what you can do!

Summer Reading Assignment Rubric

7th Grade

Assignment: I will require that everyone read Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of Bud, Not Buddy. (I bought my copy at Half Price Books in the Newbery Award section.) The dialect in this book is not easy but is definitely worth the patience to get to the wonderful ending.

You will have two assignments to go along with your summer reading assignment. Each of you will write an epilogue to the story. Here is a great definition of an epilogue (or afterword): “An epilogue is a final chapter at the end of a story that often serves to reveal the fates of the characters. Some epilogues may feature scenes only tangentially related to the subject of the story. They can be used to hint at a sequel or wrap up all the loose ends. They can occur at a significant period of time after the main plot has ended. In some cases, the epilogue has been used to allow the main character a chance to ‘speak freely.’” An epilogue can also be described as- “what happens after the story ends.”

  • I will require you to creatively write an epilogue that you think would suit the ending of this amazing story. It should be a one page type paper in any font, but a font size should be 14. You will describe the afterword of the characters and what happened in some of the places. This will also give me an idea where you are as a writer.
  • You will get to choose ONE of the following activities to turn in WITH your epilogue:
    *Make a VERY detailed and colored drawing of a scene from the book. This must be done on 8 ½ x 11 computer paper and mounted on black construction paper. The construction paper may be obtained from me on the first day of school. Attach an index card to the back containing a short description of the scene in complete sentences.

    OR

    *Write a poem about the main idea of the story. The poem must be at least 12 lines long and may follow any poem style. Look up different poem styles on the internet for creative ways to present your words. This must be typed.

    OR

    *Use an 8 1/2 x11 size piece of computer paper and fold it into 8 squares. Draw a cartoon depicting a scene from the book. Make sure every square has quality pictures and speech bubbles depicting the scene. Your audience should be able to clearly recognize the scene you are recreating. Mount this on black construction paper that may be obtained from me on the first day of school.

    AND

    *Bonus-(optional, but worth 5 extra bonus points)- On a 3x5 index card, write one scripture from the Bible that could help your character with his/her problem. Put your name in the top left-hand corner.

These two assignments will be due Monday, August 21st. Notice this is NOT the first day of school. I do encourage you to start reading right away so you enjoy the book and are not pressed for time at the beginning of school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

8th Grade

***New Revision- Due to the lack of copies of Cavalcade of Poetry, please delete the assignment that coincides with that book. If you have already completed it, I cannot wait to see your creative work!!!

Assignment: Your summer reading will be The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne and a portion of Cavalcade of Poems by George Bennett and Paul Malloy. Along with reading the books, I will be asking you to do two assignments. I truly hope you start reading early so that you will have time to grasp the emotions in the books and enjoy them.

  • 1. You will write a paper comparing your life as a child in the United States to the life of either Bruno or Schmuel. Come up with 3 strong differences you would like to discuss in your paper. Your paper should have an introductory paragraph, your three paragraphs stating the differences that are developed appropriately and a concluding paragraph. I will need you to be very specific about examples from the book so that I know you have grasped the main idea. Your paper should only be one typed page. Be sure to proofread before submitting it. There will be quiz over this book, so I advise you to read the book and not rely on just watching the movie that is a little different from the book.
    *Bonus-(optional, but worth 5 extra bonus points)- On a 3x5 index card, write one scripture from the Bible that could help your character with his/her problem. Put your name in the top left-hand corner.
  • 2. You will read only a portion of Cavalcade of Poems. I will give a list of very specific things that you should read and complete throughout the book. When I assign a poem below, please read each poem at least twice to get the true meaning. Most of this assignment will be exercises that you will write in the book. Read carefully and follow the directions below:
    a. Read all the of the poems from pages 1-9.
    b. Read “River Skater.” You are required to draw and decorate the whole page of this poem in the book to show the main idea. Use color and make it reflect the poems words.
    c. Read “The Listeners” and write at least a two sentence summary in the space after the poem.
    d. Read the poem “The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna.” Using a highlighter, highlight four examples of imagery. If you do not remember the definition of imagery, look it up online.
    e. Read the poem “Daffodils.” On a sticky note, list these three things: who you think is the narrator (who you think is reciting this poem or what kind of person would be saying this), the setting and the mood.
    f. For this exercise you will read two poems and compare them. Read “An Epitaph” and “Annabel Lee.” On the inside cover in the back of your book draw a Venn diagram comparing the two poems. You must list three items in each category on your diagram.
    g. Read the poem “The Wayfarer.” You are required to draw and decorate the whole page of this poem in the book to show the main idea. Use color and make it reflect the poems words.
    h. Read “Boy at the Window.” Using a highlighter, mark all of the action verbs you hear in this poem.

These two assignments will be due Monday, August 21st. Notice this is NOT the first day of school. I do encourage you to start reading right away so that you enjoy the books and are not pressed for time at the beginning of school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English I

Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignment is due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all of the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. And please, no plagiarism or copied material from the Internet. Bring your book and printed journal assignment on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions below for more information. You should:

  • annotate 10 or more passages in the text, and
  • respond with 8 or more entries in your dialectical journal.

*Be prepared to take a test over Of Mice and Men upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English II

Over the summer you will need to read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test, and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August.

The assignment is due on the first day of class.

Make sure you read all the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It is up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. You will not be successful. Please do not plagiarize, or copy information from the internet to pass off as your own. Instead, embrace academic honesty by doing your own thoughtful work. This will only benefit you in the future. Be sure to bring your book and your written assignment on the first day of school.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on the next page for more information. You should:

  • annotate 15 or more passages in the text, and
  • respond with 15 or more entries in your dialectical journal.

*Be prepared to take a test over Farenheit 451 upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English III

Over the summer you will need to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test, and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August.

The assignment is due on the first day of class.

Make sure you read all the assignment directions and that you are clear on all parts. It is up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. You will not be successful. Please do not plagiarize, or copy information from the internet to pass off as your own; rather, embrace academic honesty by doing your own thoughtful work. This will only benefit you in the future. Be sure to bring your book and your written assignment on the first day of school.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on the next page for more information. You should:

  • annotate 20 passages in the text, and
  • respond with 20 entries in your dialectical journal.

Be prepared to take a test over The Adventures of Tom Sawyer upon returning to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

English IV

Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignment is due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all of the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. And please, no plagiarism or copied material from the Internet. Bring your book and printed journal assignment on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on page 2 for more information. You should:

  • annotate 15 or more passages in the text, and
  • respond with 12 or more entries in your dialectical journal.

*Be prepared to take a test over Tuesdays with Morrie upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

Pre-AP English I

Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris, and complete the corresponding assignments. The assignments are intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test, and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignments are due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. Don’t wait until August to begin this assignment. Please do not plagiarize or copy material from the Internet to pass off as your own. Instead, embrace academic honesty by doing your own thoughtful work. This will only benefit you in the future. Bring your books and printed journal assignments on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

Your summer reading assignment is to annotate the text and keep a dialectical journal as you read. Please see the annotation and dialectical journal instructions on page 2 for more information. You should:

  • annotate 10 or more passages in each book, and
  • respond with 10 or more entries for each book in your dialectical journal.
  • Be prepared to take a test over Of Mice and Men and Do Hard Things upon your return to school.

*Be prepared to take a test over Tuesdays with Morrie upon your return to school.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

Pre-AP English II

Part 1 - Assignment: You will need to read a book of choice from the following four books and write a journal about your reading experience. You will be a part of a literary circle, so only four students may choose the same book . You may not select a book you have previously read. The choices are the following:

  • Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World by Adam Grant

You may check out these books on goodreads.com and other internet sources for reviews. You need to let me know which one you want to read, so that I can keep up with how many have claimed that text. Please send me an email with your book choice.

A word of warning: Do not depend on internet sites to replace the actual reading of the book. Sparknotes, Cliff’s notes, schmoop, etc. cannot communicate the concepts or give the insight of the actual text you’ve been assigned. You must read for understanding; you must grapple with the ideas; you must respond in a written journal to the author’s thoughts and concepts. Do not be lazy here. These are the exact skills you must develop to be successful in this course.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions


Part 2 - Assignment: Over the summer you will need to read and annotate Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (ISBN: 1451673310) and complete the corresponding assignment. The assignment is intended to guide your reading and focus your thoughts in preparation for the discussions, summer reading test and writing assignments you will engage in when you return in August. The assignment, along with your nonfiction assignment, is due on the first day of school.

Make sure you read all of the assignment directions and are clear on all parts. It’s up to you to email me with any questions, and I strongly suggest you ask me if you have any confusion. And please, no plagiarism or copied material from the Internet. Bring your book and printed assignment on the first day of school. Don’t forget them.

  • Task #1: Read Fahrenheit 451 and annotate the book. There is no set number of annotations that I will count once you turn in the book. Simply put, just annotate thoroughly as you read.
  • Task #2: Figurative language is “using figures of speech to be more effective, persuasive and impactful. Figures of speech such as metaphors, similes, allusions go beyond the literal meanings of the words to give the readers new insights. On the other hand, alliterations, imageries, or onomatopoeias are figurative devices that appeal to the senses of the readers. Figurative language can appear in multiple forms with the use of different literary and rhetorical devices” ( LiteraryDevices.net ).

Figurative language covers a wide range of literary devices and techniques, and some of them include:

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Oxymoron
  • Hyperbole
  • Allusion
  • Idiom
  • Imagery
  • Symbolism
  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Consonance
  • Metonymy
  • Synecdoche
  • Irony
  • Sarcasm
  • Litotes
  • Pun
  • Anaphora
  • Understatement

Your task is to locate 15 examples of figurative language and provide an analysis of how each example contributes to the meaning of the work as a whole. You may look for any of the examples of figurative language that I listed above, or find some that I did not mention. You may not have more than two examples of the same literary device, which means no more than two similes, or two metaphors, etc. Also, please do not locate all examples within one section of the book. I should be able to tell that you read and analyzed the entire book, not just the beginning. Please type all 15 examples, including correct page numbers, and include 1-2 sentences of analysis for each one. You may choose how to format your assignment, whether that is in the form of a table or more like a list with bullet points. You’ll need to print the assignment and bring it to class on the first day of school.

Example:

Figurative Language - 1. Simile - “They fell like slaughtered birds, and the woman stood below, like a small girl, among the bodies.” p. 34
Analysis - The books are compared to slaughtered birds, as their pages flutter in the wind just as we imagine the flutter of a bird’s wings. The use of the words “slaughtered,” “small girl,” and “bodies” all contribute to the idea of the books as innocent and helpless victims that faced a cruel death.

*Be prepared to take a test over Fahrenheit 451 upon your return to school.

Assignment Instructions

AP English III

Assignment: You will need to read a book of choice from the following four books and write a journal about your reading experience. You will be a part of a literary circle, so only four students may choose the same book. You may not select a book you have previously read. The choices are the following:

  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

You may check out these books on goodreads.com and other internet sources for reviews. You need to let me know which one you want to read, so that I can keep up with how many have claimed that text.

A word of warning: Do not depend on internet sites to replace the actual reading of the book. Sparknotes, Cliff’s notes, schmoop, etc. cannot communicate the concepts or give the insight of the actual text you’ve been assigned. You must read for understanding; you must grapple with the ideas; you must respond in a written journal to the author’s thoughts and concepts. Do not be lazy here. These are the exact skills you must develop to be successful in this course.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions

AP English IV

This is Part One of your summer reading assignments. Part Two will follow in late June or early July.

Assignment #1: Choose one book from the accompanying list to read thoroughly, annotating and taking notes as needed. It must be a text you have never read, and only one student may read each book. Let me know which book you want to read so that I can let you know if it has already been claimed by another. You need to read this text in June in order to give you time to read the other book in July when you receive Part Two of the summer requirement.

Reading Purpose for Part One—Read with understanding so that you may give a presentation to your classmates the first week or two of school. To build a foundation for your presentation, create a dialectical journal that contains 20 quotes/ideas from the text you want to discuss. They should be informational, analytical, clever, etc. enough to get your attention and warrant some comment from you. Once you begin the journal, you should notice a pattern of ideas and themes begin to emerge, and you will become familiar with the author’s style. You will need to discuss those ideas in your presentation. We will talk more about this assignment the first couple of days of class.

Assignment & Annotation and Dialectical Journal Instructions