Middle School Assignments

Summer reading is crucial.  Reading is like exercise; when you stop and then go back to it you will only have aches and pains.  Continue reading so you are ready for school in September.  Read the assigned books according to your grade level. The pdf of each book is also included.  Many libraries offer eBooks to be taken out online with a library card.  Complete the assignment below and submit to your Language Arts teacher the first week of school.

Complete all parts of this assignment:

  1. Choose any character (good or bad) from the book and write a character sketch.  Include the name, personality, physical descriptions, and behavior.  (1-2 paragraphs)
  2. Write a book review where you give your opinion of the book without giving away the ending. (2-3 paragraphs)
  3. Make a new book cover of the book.  
  4. Continue the story.  What happens next after the story ends?  (1-2 paragraphs)

Incoming 6th graders:

Required reading of Holes by Louis Sachar


Incoming 7th graders:

Required reading of The Black Pearl by Scott O’dell


Incoming 8th graders:

Required reading of Refugee by Alan Gratz


Optional books:

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


Wonder by R.J. Palacio:


As you read your book it is recommended that you have a sheet of paper folded in half as your “bookmark”.  Record any new words, ideas, and your thoughts as you read.  Keep in mind the assignment above, so you can refer to your “bookmark” when you do your assignment.  This can easily be done with sticky notes as well.  Enjoy your book and have a safe and healthy summer!

-Sister Apeer Oudeh