7th & 8th Grade Gifted Summer Reading Assignment

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Dear Parents,
           To promote literacy and maintain reading skills, the Language Arts Department requires summer reading for all students in the advanced class. 

            Students should choose a book they have not yet read from the list below and read it over the summer. They will then write a response to address the prompt and submit it online.  When we return to school, this reading will be used to support assignments in the first few weeks. Because the advanced class is multi-age and on a two-year rotation, this year’s summer reading assignment will differ from next year’s.  This year’s choices are all science fiction, which will help inform our discussion about genre when we read our whole class science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 during the first quarter.
            When choosing which book to read, suggest that your child make an informed decision.  Get suggestions from others, visit the library, or simply read the summary on amazon.com to spark interest. 
           Students may need your help in purchasing a book or getting to the library, so thank you in advance for your support of this project. 


Mrs. Henderson

Choose one of the following titles and read it before you return to school in August.

  • Amari and the Nightbrothers - B.B. Alston
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  • Ender’s Game - Orson Scott Card
  • The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton
  • Matched - Ally Condie
  • Cinder - Marissa Meyer
  • Scythe - Neal Shusterman

When you finish the book, send an email to Mrs. Henderson (khenderson@northmontschools.net) responding to the following prompt:

Determine a theme in the novel.  Analyze the development of the theme over the course of the novel and tell how the theme is related to the characters, setting, and plot.  Provide multiple pieces of textual evidence and explanation to support your answer.

This prompt will be used to help me see where you are as a writer and how well you understand story elements and the way they interact.  While I strongly suggest you proofread and edit, please make sure it is your own work.

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