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!
Summer Reading Written Assignment Skills
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.)
- 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.’
(See attached rubric for more information.)
(read at least one novel of your choice)
Students will read at least one novel of their own choosing. We ask that this novel be at least 125 pages long. Here are some resources to help students choose what they would like to read this summer:
Suggested Titles from students in previous Sixth Grade classes:
- False Prince
- The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
- Dragon Rider
- The Lightning Thief
- Middle School, Worst Years of My Life
- Out of My Mind
- Because of Winn Dixie
- The Secret Tree
- Ender’s Game
- The Compound
- Girl Who Could Fly
- Things Not Seen
- The Wishing Spell
- The Toll
- I Am Number Four
- Counting by 7’s
- The Crossover
- The Wednesday Wars
- Dragonet Prophecy
- How to Train Your Dragon
- The Westing Game
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- Mysterious Benedict Society
(students should read one of these books)
Get Organized Without Losing It
by Janet S. Fox
Where’s My Stuff?: The Ultimate Teen Organizing Guide
by Samatha Moss and Lesley Schwartz Martin
The Middle School Student Guide to Ruling the World
by Susan Mulcaire
The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond
by Donna Goldberg
Read one of the organization books and be ready to apply the concepts this Fall.
Directions for Organization Book
Read the book you chose and talk with your parents about the structures and routines you plan to use to hold yourself accountable for the new responsibilities you are about to take on. Middle school is much different from lower school and having systems in place to support you will make the transition easier.
Get Organized Without Losing It cover from Free Spirit Publishing, 2017
Where’s My Stuff: The Ultimate Organizing Guide cover from Zest Books, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, 2020
The Middle School Student’s Guide to Ruling the World cover from Tween Publishing LLC., 2006
The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond cover from Touchstone Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Inc., 2005