Middle School Summer Reading Assignment
Reading is such an important part of adolescent development, both academically and developmentally. Students learn about other cultures, other worlds, and other ways of thinking simply by opening a book. We encourage children to read in a variety of ways; silently, out loud to someone else, or listening to someone read to them.
Below is the Middle School Summer Reading List. There are a range of book levels and types of books. You will notice a guide at the beginning of the list explaining the book levels:
LG = Lower Grades (K-3)
MG = Middle Grades (4-8)
MG+ = Upper Middle Grades (6 and up)
UG = Upper Grades (9-12)
We've also looked up each book on the Common Sense Media site, and we've included the sites' recommended age for each book. I've tried to include books from a variety of levels and interests, and not all books are suitable for all children.
Every middle school student must read one book from the list, AND one book of his or her choice. Students must choose a book that they have not already read. The choice book must be an Accelerated Reader book. You may go to arbookfind.com to look up a book's status. Each student should have a good idea of his or her reading level, and they should choose books that are in that reading level.
Students will complete a small poster for each book. The poster should be at least 8.5 by 11 inches (the size of this piece of paper). You may create a larger post if you would like. Follow the attached template. Book posters will be due the FRIDAY of the first week of school.
Your poster should include:
- The Title and Author
- A new book cover for the book
- Drawings of two important scenes from the book
- A one to two scene preview summary to attract a reader (like a movie tagline)
- A complete summary of the book
- The appropriate age range for the book and number of pages, Publisher
- 3-5 Quotes form the book. Choose quotes that are meaningful and represent the story well.
- Either rank the book against 4 other books you have read recently, OR recommend other books people may like if they are interested in this book
- Editorial Review: What did you think?
LG = Lower Grades (K-3); MG = Middle Grades (4-8); MG+ = Upper Middle Grades (6 and up); and UG = Upper Grades (9-12)
CSM = Common Sense Media Recommended Age