Essay about 2012 Middle School Summer Reading

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St Ann Catholic School

Middle School

Summer Reading 2012
General Directions
Summer Reading is an important part of our English curriculum. Studies show that children who read independently do better in school and in testing. The summer is the perfect time to kick back and enjoy a wide variety of genres – modern fiction, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction. We encourage you to read all kinds of material over this summer!
For Mrs. Cook’s (HP) or Mrs. Ebert’s (Honors) classes, read the information carefully. Mrs. Cook’s HP class will read the required novel, complete one project, and take a test on this novel during the first week of school.
Mrs. Ebert’s Honors class will read the required novel, complete the writing activity, and take a test on this novel during the first week of school. The Honors class must also read an additional choice novel and complete a project for that choice novel. These novels are available at local bookstores and the public library.
Annotate in novels for vocabulary words, characters, conflicts, main ideas, setting, symbols, and theme. Your notes will help you find details and improve your overall understanding of ideas and conflicts. Be sure to bring the novels to school on the first day. Annotations will be graded for students in Honors 7 and Honors 8 classes.
At the end of this packet are the directions for the 2012 Summer Challenge. Consider this traditional St. Ann program was a way to stimulate your mind and earn extra credit in Literature.

Incoming Required Novel Honors: Choose One Additional Novel 6th Grade The Girl Who Could Fly

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

by Victoria Forester

Grade The Wednesday Wars Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

by Gary D. Schmidt

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

8th Grade

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Fever 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


REQUIRED NOVEL: Each project must include these mandatory story elements of 100 words.


1. Title and author

2. Main character information (Who are they? Include a brief description of character including items such as looks and character traits/personality.)

3. Setting (Include where the story takes place, its location, and time period.)

4. Plot/Resolution (Describe the main problem/plan/story line/scheme of the story and how it was resolved.)

5. Theme(s) (What is the lesson about life learned from this novel?)

6. Personal Review (Include the likes/dislikes with reasons for both. What did you learn from the novel? How do you connect the characters? Would you recommend this novel?)