7th Grade Book List

7th Grade Book List


Requirements for Book Projects:


1.  Every two months, students are required to read at least one book from the list below. 

2.  After reading their chosen book, students should complete the Book Report Form handed out in class.

3.  After completing the book report form, students should complete the Book Report Project Form which will be handed out in class.

4.  Lastly, students will complete one of the projects described below for their chosen book.

5.  Each project will be graded based on the rubric handed out in class.

6.  Projects will be due at the end of every two months, expect for the month of May.  The due dates for each project are as follows:


Book Project Due Dates:

1.  September 30, 2009

2.  November 30, 2009

3.  January 28, 2009

4.  March 25, 2009

5.  May 13, 2009


7.  Students should try to read from each genre below. 

8.  Once a student has completed one type of project, they should try not to repeat the project and do different types of projects for each book. 

9.  As projects become due, students will be presenting them to the class.

10.  If there is a book that’s not on this list that you would like to read, please see Sr. Quratulain for approval.

11.  I expect each student to put in 100% effort in completing these projects.  They should be of exceptional quality.

12.  Enjoy your reading!


Project Ideas to choose from:  (Worth 25% of your grade)


1.  Book Report:  Write a 2-3 page book report on your book.  Make sure you discuss the characters, setting, plot, theme, symbols and morals/lessons.  Also, be sure to discuss whether or not you liked the book or not and why.


2.  Art Project:  Create an art project on a poster board or tri-fold board about your book.  Make sure it includes information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons.


3.  Powerpoint Project:  Create a powerpoint presentation about your book.  Make sure it includes information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons.  Also, make sure you include information on why or why not you would recommend the book to the class.  In other words, explain why we should or why we should not read this book.


4.  Booktalk:  Give a 7-minute talk about your book.  Talk about its characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons.  Tell us if we should read the book or not and why.  DO NOT GIVE AWAY THE ENDING!  

5.  Acting Out the Part:  Choose a character from your book.  Your job is to become your character.  Write a 1-2 page summary of the story from the viewpoint of the character.  Be sure to include information about the book’s characters, setting, plot, theme symbols, and morals/lessons from your chosen character's point of view.  Act out your summary in front of the class.  Try to dress up like the character and talk/act like him or her throughout your whole presentation.

6.  Mystery Bag:  Find 3 items you can fit into a brown paper bag that relate to your book.  These items should be symbols that stand for major themes/ideas in your story.  Write 3 paragraphs describing in detail how your items relate to your book.  Present your items and speech to the class.

7.  Interview:  Write 10 questions for a character in your story to answer in an interview.  Then on a separate sheet of paper, write or type answers to each question in the way your chosen character would answer them.  Each answer should be at least 4 sentences long.  Pick a student from the class to play the interviewer.  Have the student ask you questions while you respond to the questions as if you were the character from the story.

8.  Sell It!:  Imagine your book was being made into a movie.  Create a movie poster to convince people to watch the movie.  The poster should contain the name of book in big letters, the setting, the characters, the main problem, and a slogan to get people interested in your movie.

9.  Dear Diary:  Choose one character from your book.  Write five journal entries (at least 1 paragraph each) form the perspective of that character.  Be sure to choose five different parts of the book, from beginning to end, to write about in the journal entries.

If you have any other ideas on how to present your book, get approval from Sr. Quratulain!


The Books



Alex Rider Adventure Series


Fiction (Fantasy):


Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Honus and Me by Dan Gutman

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O’ Brien


Realistic Fiction:


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Nothing but the Truth by Avi

Among the Hidden Margaret Peterson Haddix

No More Dead Dogs Gordon Korman

Safe at Second by Scott Johnson

Catherine Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

A Step From Heaven by An Na

I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier


Historical Fiction:

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan

Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle



The Man Who Was Poe by Avi

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Paperquake by Kathryn Reiss



The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman




The Exploding Toilet: Modern Urban Legends by David Holt and Bill Mooney

The Kid Who Invented the Trampoline: More Surprising Stories about Inventions

by Don L. Wulffson

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord


Books by Muslim Authors:

Innocent People by Linda-Jamilah Kolocotronis

Inside My Mind by Silent K

A Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

A Biography of the Sahabah