Summer Reading Assignment


  • Summer Reading Assignment for Grades 6, 7, 8


    The summer is a crucial time for students to continue cultivating their reading skills. All students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 must read two books over the summer. Students are encouraged to select two books they are interested in as well as books that will challenge them. Please access the summer reading assignment by using the related file below.

    When students resume classes in the fall, they will be assessed on the books they read over the summer. Students need to complete both of the provided graphic organizers, one for each of the books selected. They are also encouraged to keep their own notes about important information (events, characters, setting, etc.).

    It is recommended, although not required, for students to select one fiction book and one nonfiction book (e.g., biography, autobiography, etc.). Under the state standards, students will also be challenged to read books in the 955-1155 Lexile range (a tool to measure a text's complexity). 

    Search for books by Lexile level online at Barnes and Noble  

    Goodreads resource: Popular adolescent books with descriptions 

    We would ask that students refrain from reading the books listed below and select two other novels to enjoy.

    • Grade 6 English classes:  Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen, The Lightening Thief, by Rick Riordan, Welcome Home, Jellybean, by Marlene Fanta Shyer, The View from Saturday, by E.L. Konigsburg, and The Landry News, by Andrew Clements.

    • Grade 7 English students:  A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park and A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Grizwitz.

    • Grade 8 English:  The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, and Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, and Daniel's Story, by Carol Matas.

    Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!