Middle School Summer Reading Assignments

Hello and welcome to Middle School! This letter is to inform you and your parents of the summer reading list and assignments for your upcoming English class. Please read over this with your parents and discuss your reading schedule over the summer. It would be best to have a reading schedule to keep you accountable for your summer reading.

Seventh Grade Reading List (download)

  • Time Stops for No Mouse by Michael Hoya
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • My Brother, Sam, is Dead by James Collier
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Life of PI
  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • One choice book (Your choice, must be an actual book. Not a comic or graphic novel. No less than 150 pages.)

Eighth Grade Reading List (download)

  • Incident at Hawk’s Hill by Alan Eckert
  • The Traitor’s Gate by Avi
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle by Madeleine Blais

One choice book (your choice)

  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Little Women
  • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Princess Bride

Your Assignments:

You must read one book from the list and a choice book. After you have read these books, you will do a physical project on one book and write a paper on the other book; it does not matter which book you do your project and paper on, but you must read two books and do a project on one and write a paper on the other.

Your Paper:

For your paper – each section could be written as one or two paragraphs. Setting and Time may be combined in the same paragraph. Please note: For 8th grade it MUST be MLA format. All papers must be typed.

The following information must be included in your written paper:

  • Exposition (Setting) – Where does the story take place? Is it a real or imaginary place? If the author does not state exactly where the story is set, what can you tell about it from the way it is described?
  • Time period – Is the story set in the past, present, or future? How does the time period affect the story? Could it have taken place in a different era and retained the same impact?
  • Main characters – Who is the story mostly about? Give a brief description of each character.
  • Plot – What happens to the main characters? Be careful not to report every single thing that happens — BORING!!! First, explain the situation of the main characters as the story begins and include the basic plot element. Often, this will be the conflict of the story. Are the main characters trying to overcome something, achieve something, etc.? Next, describe a few more of the important things that happen to the main characters on the journey to the goal. Finally, describe how the conflict is resolved.
  • Your opinion – Discuss the impression the book made upon you. Ask yourself what the author was trying to achieve and if he achieved it, in your opinion. What part did faith in God play in the book (even if He wasn’t directly mentioned)? Use Scripture to help support your opinion. How did you feel about the author’s style of writing, etc.? Choose something that caught your attention, negatively or positively, and give your personal response.

THIS PAPER IS DUE THE FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL!!!(or emailed to me before)

The Project:

For your project, you must complete some type of visual and oral presentation to represent the other book. You need to cover the same categories for the paper that you do for the project. The paper should cover one book, while the project covers the second paper. You may choose to decorate a shoebox, a poster, create a PowerPoint presentation, a diorama, a puppet show – whatever you wish to create. THIS PROJECT IS DUE TWO WEEKS AFTER SCHOOL BEGINS!!! We will set aside a class period to allow you to present your hard work to the class.

If you have any questions regarding the book list, assignments, or specifications for the project, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am available by email (cmiller@rmcacademy.org). Have a great summer, and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Happy reading!

Ms. Caroline Miller