Seventh Grade

The ultimate goal of summer reading is to help you maintain or even grow your reading and writing skills over the summer. Reading can be a relaxing, enjoyable, and even an exciting way to pass the time over the long summer months. The goal is to enjoy a balanced variety of healthy activities over the break; please make reading for fun just one of the ways you enjoy your break from school!

Purpose Statement:
At Grace Middle School, students will make connections to personal experiences, ideas in other texts and society.

As you read, look for the sentence or section that jumps out at you. Write a brief note so you can remember what you were thinking. (If nothing jumps out at you by the time you have finished reading, then go back and FIND something to respond to.) These connections can come all from one novel or you can spread out your connections through all three novels.

You must:

  • Write at least 5-7 sentences to explain each connection.
  • Give the page number, paragraph, or line number of the part you are responding to.
  • Mention which type of connection (Text-to-Text, Text-to-Self, or Text-to-World) you are using.
  • Include an illustration to show what is happening in the book and why it’s important to you.
  • 14 connections, 3 of each type plus 5 of your choice is required to earn an ‘A.’
Directions and Rubrics

(See attached rubric for more information.)

Required Reading

(Read three books of their choice)

This summer, students will choose to read 3 books of their choice. These books should be new to the reader. We will not be rereading books for this summer reading assignment, though rereading books is a fun practice. These books should be at or around middle school reading levels and appropriate for discussion in class and reflection around the dinner table.

Where can we find lists of books like this?