Summer 2020 Reading Assignments

INCOMING GRADE 3

Students going into 3rd should read and practice their math facts daily.  Raz-kids and Zearn, will continue to be available during the summer to help support your child.  For your child’s summer reading, he/she should choose one of the books below. Read the book and write a summary of the story.  The summary should include the name of the main character, the problem, the important events, and the solution.  

 

At level readers

Zen Shorts, by John J. Muth

26 Fairmount Avenue, by Tomie DePaola

More Stories Julian Tells, by Ann Strugnell

My Life with the Chimpanzees, by Jane Goodall

 

Above level readers

Socks, by Beverly Cleary (or most any books by Beverly Cleary)

A Lion to Guard Us, by Clyde Bulla

Goerge’s Marvelous Medicine, by Roald Dahl

Ranger in Time Race to the South Pole, by Kate Messner

Other ideas for summer reading listed from easy to more difficult:

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald

Stink series by Megan McDonald

Flat Stanley series (easy to follow stories for comprehension)

Dragon Masters by Tracy West

The Boxcar Children (mystery)

A-Z Mysteries (series)

I Survived the Japanese Tsunami (and other events) by Lauren Tarshis

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INCOMING GRADE 4
Select one book from the following:

1.    James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

2.    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

3.    The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Appelgate

4.    The One and Only Bob by Katherine Appelgate

5.    The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

6.    Wonder by R.J. Palacio

7.    Smile by Raina Telgemeier

8.    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

 

After reading your chosen book write a summary about your book. When writing this summary, be careful to include only the most important events! Use the summary frame to help you with your writing.

 

1. Introduction:    

The book _______________, by __________________ tells _________________________________________________

This paragraph should broadly tell what the book is about and include the theme.

 

2. Body    

Tell of the most important events from the book. Include limited detail. Make sure the turning point is included in your summary.

Use transition words such as:

First, next, then, finally,

In the beginning, then, after that, finally

 

3. Conclusion    

Your conclusion will reveal the author’s message.  Use concluding words such as:

In conclusion,

All in all,

As you can see,

I am thinking,

I predict,

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INCOMING GRADE 5

Select one book from the following:

1.    Elijah of Buxton, by Paul Curtis

2.    Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

3.    When you reach me, by Rebecca Stead

4.    Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

5.    Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein

 

After reading your chosen book write a summary about your book. When writing this summary, be careful to include only the most important events! Use the summary frame below to help you with your writing.

 

1. Introduction:    

The book _______________, by __________________ tells _________________________________________________

This paragraph should broadly tell what the book is about and include the theme.

 

2. Body    

Tell of the most important events from the book. Include limited detail. Make sure the turning point is included in your summary.

Use transition words such as:

First, next, then, finally,

In the beginning, then, after that, finally

 

3. Conclusion    

Your conclusion will reveal the author’s message.  Use concluding words such as:

In conclusion,

All in all,

As you can see,

I am thinking,

I predict,

4. Add an illustration! Choose a scene that you found particularly relevant and draw it. Be sure to follow the description in the book carefully and accurately. 

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INCOMNG GRADE 6 AND GRADE 7
A Horse and His Boy
by C. S. Lewis

Find the novel online. READ! 

Assignments:

1.    Written Component: 

  • Collect then Categorize Events. 

  • The Categories you are to put the events into are: Coincidence, Mystery, Magic, Miracle

2.    Visual Component:

  • Draw a map of the areas where the protagonist, Shasta, travels. Include the countries and their cities/towns:  Narnia, Archenland, Calormen, The Desert

  • On the map, show the route Shasta takes as well as the route Aravis takes. HINT: They start out separately, travel together part of the way, then are separate again. 

  • On the map, show where they encounter creatures and important people and significant places.

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INCOMING GRADE 8 AND 9

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon

Find the novel online. READ! 

Assignment:

1. Written Components:

  • Comment: What is the relationship between mystery and deception? These have roles in this novel.

  • Comment: Research Asperger’s Syndrome – describe – Does Christopher show these symptoms? None? All? Some? If some, which?

2. Visual Component 

  • Draw a realistic map of the area where the protagonist, Christopher Boone, travels. On the map, show the means of transportation as well as his route. 

  • If you needed to make the same journey, how would you have traveled? Using either a different color pencil, pen, or a different type of line, show your route.

Due: First week back in class

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INCOMING GRADE 10
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury

You already have the book from the school and we have started it in class, so…

No matter which option below you choose, your assignment must contain:

  • The title and author of the book, somewhere.

  • Your name! 

  • A quotation (with page#) that expresses something relevant to your project

Choose one of two options:

1. Create a maze following Montag’s journey from his home to the group of men, drifters, huddled around a fire outside the city. Include:

  • Relevant places

  • Relevant creatures/people at those places

  • Relevant objects at those places

2.  Write an Underground (secret) How-To Pamphlet on:

  • How to deal with mechanical dogs (dos and don’ts)

  • How to outmaneuver Beetles (dos and don’ts)

  • How to relate to firemen

  • How to survive the searchers/helicopters who want to locate you

  • How to find the drifter book memorizers
        Minimum 5 pages long
        Each page illustrated…It needs to look like a pamphlet


Honors: These Students are required to read an additional novel: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. It is available online.

Written ComponenT: Comment: Research Asperger’s Syndrome – describe – Does Christopher show these symptoms? None? All? Some? If some, which? How does this determine the direction of the story?

 

Due: First week back in class

 

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INCOMING GRADE 11
Mansfield Park
by Jane Austen

Find the novel online. READ! Assignment:

1.    Written Component: Write a Commentary on ONE of these aspects of the 1850s you see in the novel:

a.    How Naval Promotions are administered.

b.    How Church placements are given.

c.    The rights of the eldest son and the eldest daughter.

d.    The attitude toward plays/dramas.

e.    Marriage – who you marry and why

2.    Visual Component: Create a Map of ONE of these character’s journey. Identify the journey by chapter – give a time-frame.

a.    Henry Crawford

b.    Sir Thomas Bertram

c.    Tom Bertram

d.    William Price

Honors – Students in this category have an additional book to read, also available online: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster.

3.    Write an epistolary addition to the novelette of between two letters and four from either Tommy Dillon, Susie Hawthorne from the Orphanage.

4.    Is there any topic or perspective you see that these books share? Comment

 

Due: First week we return to class

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A.P. Spanish
 

Due: First week we return to class

 

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