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Middle School Requirement 2021-2022

2021-2022 MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER READING

8/22/21 - IMPORTANT CORRECTION FOR 6TH GRADE ONLY:

An earlier version of this website included incorrect information for the 6th grade assignment only. 6th graders should make notes on the Out of My Mind discussion questions document (available in PDF and Google Docs) before their first English class meeting. Dr. Newcomb and Ms. McGill want to stress that these do NOT need to be long, complete answers. The questions will guide a class discussion about the book within the first few days of English class. That discussion will serve as a review for the test that students will take on the book. The discussion questions will not be collected or graded--just referenced in class.

For the remaining 4 books (3 free choice and 1 MS book list selection), students should compete the index card assignment as listed below. The index cards will be collected within the first few days of class.

Ms. King sincerely apologizes for this misinformation and any confusion it may have caused. Dr. Newcomb and Ms. McGill (the 6th grade English teachers) are aware of this mistake and have worked with her to clarify the information below. They will make sure all students feel fully prepared for the Out of My Mind test.

Please contact Ms. King  at aking@episcopalacademy.org if you have any further questions about the requirements. All information below is now correct.

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Each middle school student must read a total of FIVE books during the course of the summer. 

Book 1: The assigned book that must be read by all students in the grade. 

Book 2: Chosen by the student from the library’s annotated list. 

Books 3-5: The remaining three books are freely chosen by the student. These books may be chosen from lists provided below by EA librarians, but this is not a requirement. 


In the chart below, please click on the assigned required, grade-level book to access assessment questions about the book for 7th/8th grade (6th Grade: Note your assignments are slightly different--see index card assignment for free choice and MS reading list books.) Clicking on the annotated list in the chart will allow access to the list from which students must choose their MS reading list summer reading book.

 

 

 

Entering 6th Grade

Entering 7th Grade

Entering 8th Grade

 

Common Book

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Don't be concerned if the PDF title indicates these questions are from 2016. They have not changed since then.

Google Docs version of same document 

*Click either link above to see the Out of My Mind discussion questions. You do NOT need to write very detailed answers for these. Just write notes to help you remember the main points. The discussion questions will not be collected or graded but will be used to guide discussion of the book. That discussion will prepare you for the test that you will take on the book.

Posted by John David Anderson

*Click the title of the book to access PDF of response questions

Google Docs version of the same document

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

*Click the title of the book to access PDF of response questions

Google Docs version of the same document

MS Book List

See Annotated List Online

Do: Index card assignment 

See Annotated List Online

Do: Activity Sheet

See Annotated List Online

Do: Activity Sheet

Other Three

 (3) Books

Free choice

Do: Index card assignment for each book

Free choice

Do: Activity Sheet for each

Free choice

Do: Activity Sheet for each


Required Reading Assessment Activities 

Common Book:

After reading the common book, students should print out and read through the study questions which can be found by clicking on the titles above.  Teachers expect students to be able to discuss the questions upon their return.  We suggest that students take some notes as they read.

 

6TH GRADE: For the Book List books and the three (3) Free Choice books, students will use 3x5 index cards to create a personal response.  On each card, give the title, author, and a 3-5 sentence evaluation, which can be an opinion, a recommendation, or a judgment of the strengths and weaknesses.  Students will bring these cards to the first day of class. This is for every book EXCEPT Out of My Mind--see those discussion questions in the chart above. Again, students don't need to write long answers for these--it is suggested to jot down some notes to help them remember details.

 

ALL GRADES: There will be a test on the Common Book during the first week of school. With this in mind, WE SUGGEST THAT THIS BOOK BE READ LAST--soon before school starts, so that it will be fresh when test time comes. 


MS Book List Book: 

In choosing a book from the list, students are encouraged to talk to friends, parents, and librarians to ensure a challenging and enjoyable read that expands their reading horizons. Contact Ms. King for personalized recommendations! She will check her email (aking@episcopalacademy.org) periodically during the summer.


Free Choice Books:

Students will read three (3) books chosen independently. There are no restrictions except the approval of the student's parents. The spirit here is to simply read for fun.  

6TH GRADE: For the MS Book List book and the three (3) Free Choice books, students will use 3x5 index cards to create a personal response.  On each card, give the title, author, and a 3-5 sentence evaluation, which can be an opinion, a recommendation, or a judgment of the strengths and weaknesses.  Students will bring these cards to the first day of class.

7TH AND 8TH GRADES: For the Book List book and three (3) Free Choice books, download and complete the Summer reading Activity Sheet by clicking on the following link:

Summer Reading Activity Sheet (PDF)

Summer Reading Activity Sheet (Google Docs)

(If you open the Activity Sheet and it says 2017, don't worry--it's the correct document. for this year)

Bring these sheets to the first day of class.


Not Sure What to Read for Free Choice?

Best books for Young Adults An annual list of award winners, fiction, graphic novels, and audiobooks from the American Library Association.

The Alex Awards Chosen chosen by The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), these are adult books that will appeal to teen readers, recognizing that many teens enjoy books written for adults.

School Library Journal Selected by the review editors and are among the very best of the best, covering Middle Grade, Young Adult, Graphic Novels, and Non-fiction.

         

We hope the summer reading expectations listed above are helpful but if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Anne Barr, English Dept. Chair abarr@episcopalacademy.org, or Alison King, our MS Librarian at aking@episcopalacademy.org