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Summer Reading

Summer Reading

Lower School 2017 Summer Reading List
(Grades 2nd – 5th)

This summer, we will continue an approach to summer reading that combines our commitment to lifelong learning and the latest research in the field of adolescent literacy. This research supports the idea when students have a choice in their reading selections, they are more likely to read the material and gain a deeper appreciation for literature. Therefore, we are providing a list of popular websites from local, state, and national professional organizations to use as resources when choosing reading selections.

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This summer, we are introducing a new requirement in Lower School.  To help students continue to be confident in writing, we are assigning a writing obligation for students in grades 2 – 5.  Experts agree writing during the summer will help students jump back into school more easily at the end of summer break.

All it takes is a quiet place, ideas, paper and pencil or a computer.  Why not become an author?  Try to write several times a week.  Writing is like playing ball or jumping rope:  You get better the more you practice.

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Intermediate School 2017 Summer Reading List
(Grades 6th – 8th)

The summer reading is designed to provide a positive boost toward your child’s achievement in the 2017-2018 school year. Please encourage your child to read as much as possible over the summer. Each student is to read the selection(s) for their grade level in which he or she is enrolled for fall. Each novel has a Google Classroom for students to join in order to complete their student discussions, tasks, and activities while reading their novel.

*Please utilize the 8 Easy Steps to Join Google Classroom document to help with joining the grade level Google Classroom of your choice.

Sixth Grade (read and complete 1 selection and activity)
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen – (Download PDF) (Movie Trailer)
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan – (Download PDF) (Movie Trailer)

Seventh Grade (read and complete 1 selection/activity)
Guts by Gary Paulsen – (Download PDF) (Movie Trailer)
Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech – (Download PDF) (Movie Trailer)

Eighth Grade (read and complete 1 selection/activity)
Games by Carol Gorman – (Download PDF) (Movie Trailer)
Tell Us We’re Home by Marina Budhos – (Download PDF) (Movie Trailer)


Upper School 2017 Summer Reading List
(Grades 9th – 12th)

The English department is delighted to share with you these options for summer reading. Our decision for summer reading each year is a tough one. This year, in lieu of offering a single book for all students to read, we have decided to offer some options under a single theme: Memoirs. People have incredible life stories to tell, and these stories have the power to impact us in great ways. That is our hope for this summer. Each student, 9th-12th will read one of the following five memoirs and complete accompanying assignments in Google Classroom. We all hope you will enjoy!

View PDF below for more information, choose one of the five memoirs, and complete the assignments for the 2017-18 school year.

Ninth – Twelfth Grade
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