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Summer Assignment

2018 SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT

MANDATORY FOR INCOMING 8TH GRADERS!

STEP 1:  CHOOSE BOOKS!

You must choose 3 books from the list below!  Please choose books that are close to your reading level!

 
LEVEL W

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

 
LEVEL X

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

LEVEL Y

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

 
LEVEL Z

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

 
 

STEP 2:  OBTAIN YOUR 3 BOOKS!

Visit the library, a bookstore, or order used books on Amazon.com!  Some books are even available online for free through Google Books.

 

STEP 3:  READ YOUR BOOKS AND TAKE NOTES ON YOUR READING! *YOU WILL TURN IN THESE NOTES*

*Write down questions that you have while you are reading (and the page where the question occurs to you).  You need at least 5 questions per book (15 total).  While you are reading, answer your questions if/when answers arise.

*Write down 5 challenging new words you find in the text.  Then, use a dictionary and a thesaurus to find their definitions, synonyms, and antonyms.  Write these along with 2 sentences for each new word.

 

STEP 4:  SUMMARIZE

Write a 3 paragraph (15 sentences) summary of each book.  The last paragraph must be a text to text, text to self, or text to world connection.

 

STEP 5:  WRITE ABOUT IT!

You will need to write a 5 paragraph essay for each book (3 essays total).  Choose a different question to answer for each essay.  You may not use the same question more than once!  You must use at least 3 specific details from the story in each essay to support your response!  Please include page numbers to reference the details.

 

QUESTIONS

*Which character from the book would you choose for a friend and why? 

*All of these books include a character that struggles with being different from the world around them.  Compare and contrast the struggles of 2 characters in 2 different books. 

*Compare and contrast the author’s voice in 2 of the texts.
*What do you think is the author’s purpose? 
*How does the setting compare to our world today, Brooklyn in 2009?  What is similar and what is different?
 

Remember, a 5 paragraph essay has an ENGAGING opening paragraph, 3 body paragraphs (each with a topic sentence), and a closing.  Make your essays stand out!  I expect complete, accurate, neat sentences.  Work must be typed in 12 pt. font, 1” margins all around, and double spaced.  Please number all pages.

 

STEP 6:  COMPILE YOUR SCHOLARLY WORK!

You will compile 3 separate books.  Please organize your work for each book in the following way:

 
SECTIONKEY IDEADESCRIPTION OF REQUIREMENTPOINTS

PRE BOOK

Cover Page

Include your heading and the book that you read along with the author.

5

PRE BOOK

Table of Contents

Include all of the contents and the page on which it can be found in your booklet.  Use this grading sheet as a guide.

5

NOTES

Questions from reading

Include the book title as a header.

Include your 5 questions.

Include the page numbers where questions arose.

Include the answer that you came up with after reading.  

1

10

5

10

NOTES

Vocabulary Words

Include 5 challenging new words you found in the text.

Include a dictionary definition for each word.

Include synonyms and antonyms for each word.

Include 2 sentences for each new word.

5

5

5

10

SUM

Summarize

Include a 3 paragraph summary of the book.

The last paragraph includes a text to text, text to self, or text to world connection.

15

5

ESSAY

5 Paragraph Essay

Use 3 specific details from the text and reference pages where they can be found.

Engaging opening paragraph.

1st body paragraph with clear topic sentence.

2nd body paragraph with clear topic sentence.

3rd body paragraph with clear topic sentence.

Closing paragraph.

9

 

10

10

10

10

10

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE PER BOOK

140

TOTAL POINTS POSSIBLE FOR THIS PROJECT (140 x 3 reports)

420

YOU MAY COMPLETE A 4TH BOOK AND BOOKLET FOR EXTRA CREDIT POINTS!
 

If you need help, please contact Ms. Vitale via e-mail at katievitale217@gmail.com.

 

SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AND EACH WILL COUNT AS A TEST GRADE FOR THE 1ST MARKING QUARTER.

 

MS. VITALE DOES NOT ACCEPT LATE OR PLAGIARIZED WORK.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE TO PRINT IT TO FIND YOU’RE OUT OF INK AND PAPER. 

PLAN AHEAD!

 J HAPPY READING J
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