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Summer Reading

Students are required to choose at least one selection to read over the summer break. Students should use the attached two-column organizer to track their thinking while reading. It may be handwritten or downloaded and typed.

This organizer must be brought to class on the first day of school. Students will use the organizer to participate in Literature Circles and complete a written response.

Entering 6th Grade:

· Lightning Thief or sequel– Rick Riordan

· The One and Only Ivan-Katherine Applegate

· Time Hackers – Gary Paulsen

· Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

· Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry –Mildred Taylor

· Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on Board – Bethany Hamilton

· Wonder – R.J. Palacio

· Gregor, The Overlander – Suzanne Collins

· The Same Stuff as Stars-Katherine Paterson

Entering 7th Grade:

· Crash –Jerry Spinelli

· Crispin: The Cross of Lead – Avi

· Fever 1793 – Laurie Halse-Anderson

· Heart to Heart Lurlene McDaniel

· Rifle – Gary Paulsen

· Savvy – Ingrid Law

· Titanic, Voices from Disaster –Deborah Hopkinson

· Flush- Carl Hiaasen

· Maze Runner (any in series)-James Dashner

Entering 8th Grade:

· Divergent (any in trilogy) – Veronica Roth

· The Batboy – Mike Lupika

· Titanic, Voices from Disaster –Deborah Hopkinson

· Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

· Incredible Journey – Sheila Burnford

· A Horse of Her Own – Annie Wedekind

· Secrets, Lies, and Algebra – Wendy Lichtman

· Handbook for Boys: A Novel – Walter Dean Myers

· The Wednesday Wars –Gary D. Schmidt

· Travels with Charley: In Search of America – John Steinbeck

KCPS does not endorse the content of each book, but we do acknowledge the literary value it may represent.

Some books may contain content that is offensive to some readers. If you find a book offensive, please stop reading it and choose another.

Two Column Organizer

Book Title: _______________________________________

Author: _______________________________________

Student’s Name: __________________________________

Identify the theme or universal lesson or message of the text.

Theme: ________________________________________________________________


Note –Taking

In this column, identify and analyze at least three quotes or excerpts that contribute to the overall theme of the novel. Cite page numbers after copying the quotes or excerpts from the text.


In this column, write inference(s) that use information from the text (the quote/excerpt) AND what you already know. Write in complete sentences and communicate a complete thought and /or thoughts about the importance of the quote/excerpt.


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