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To Exceed, you must READ!
This is for
WE WILL HAVE A
TO DISPLAY AND SHARE OUR SUMMER READING PROJECTS AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER.
JUNE: Read a NOVEL of your choice!
Complete the checklist as you read. Check out some of your teachers' favorite authors:
Mrs. McDonald- E.L. Konigsberg,
Ms. Love- Nancy Farmer,
Ms. Blanks- Gary Paulsen,
Complete the 3 parts of the checklist for each book. Notice that you have options! Choose one Writing activity, one Creativity activity and everyone will do the Quotability activity for EACH novel.
WRITING- You may either keep a Reading Journal or participate in the Reading Blog.
must have at least five entries that document your thoughts and predictions as you read. Which characters do you identify with and why? State your reactions to important moments in the book. How does this book make you feel? Who would you recommend this book to and why? Give your overall reaction.
is on the website. You must blog once after you have started your book and can make some predictions/ identify with the characters in your novel. The second time you blog, you must read the other blogs and write a meaningful or insightful comment/reaction on someone else’s post. The third time you blog for your book, feel free to give us your overall reaction. Who would you recommend read this book? Why? How did it move you or change the way you think? Feel free to blog more than three times- especially if you are reading a book together (how fun would it be to start a “summer online book club?!”)
2. CREATIVITY- Create a Soundtrack, illustrate a book jacket, or re-write a chapter.
. Music speaks to us in so many ways. The lyrics tell a story, invoke emotion, and paint beautiful pictures of how things could be. As you read your book, think of the songs that would accompany your novel perfectly. Make a list of the songs and the artists (at least 5). For each song, explain what part of the book you would link it to and why. Choose one of the songs as the BEST TRACK. Copy down the lyrics. Point out your favorite part of the song and how those lyrics really encompass the theme(s) of the book.
. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but we know that is usually the reason why we pick it up off the shelf in the first place! Your job is to design and illustrate a jacket for your book that is simple yet grabs your attention. (Think of the
covers) The jacket should have the title, author’s name, the illustrator’s name (YOU!), an illustration and an interesting synopsis on the back. Make sure you do your best to give the “potential reader” a small sneak-peek of what to expect, but leave them wanting more so they will choose your book!
. Put your editing skills to the test. Choose any chapter/part of your book and re-write it. Ideas include:
Re-write the beginning, conclusion or anywhere in between.
Re-write a chapter from a different character’s point of view.
Add a “missing” chapter.
3. QUOTABILITY- Select a quote (or several) from your novel that you found inspiring, funny, romantic or jaw-dropping. Be sure to cite the page, the “author” of the quote and briefly explain why the quote stood out to you.
JULY: Read a “CLASSIC” from the Classics List and complete the checklist. You may choose a different novel written by a “classic list” author or a novel that is not on this particular list--- just check with us first!Annie Blanks-
Any Newberry Award/Honor winners
to see the complete list of books.
Anne of Green Gables
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Swiss Family Robinson
To Kill a Mockingbird
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Secret Garden
A Wrinkle in Time
Journey to the Center of the Earth
The Red Badge of Courage
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Adventures of Sherlock Hol
Death Be Not Proud -
The Hobbit -
The Time Machine –
Wonderful Wizard of Oz-
The Diary of a Young Girl
- Anne Frank
Pride and Prejudice
AUGUST: Book Club Month
Read the novel that has been selected for your rising grade level. Complete the checklist for your novel and be ready to discuss/share when school begins in September
Touching Spirit Bear
by Ben Mikaelsen
Before the Hunger Games, there was a boy all alone on an island with a bear! Click
for the beginning of a harrowing adventure.
The House of the
by Nancy Farmer
This controversial sci-fi thriller will make you question the future. Click
for a Sneek Peek!
by Michael Crichton
Get ready to sink your teeth into adventure, science and suspense! Click
for a BITE of inspiration!
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