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Middle School Summer Reading

Middle School Summer Reading 

One of the best ways to kick-off and enjoy the summer is to catch some rays  and get lost in a great book!

 Below is an overview of the Middle School Summer Reading Program
1.  Select 2 books to read over the summer 

     (150 pages of other school appropriate text = 1 book)

2.  For each book (or 150 pages of text), complete 1 of 3 tasks*

*Willink 7 students: 
For your summer reading activity we encourage you to complete your 7th grade teacher's Summer Book Log.  These forms can be found on your 7th grade ELA teacher's classroom web page.  Any books you log during the summer will count towards the 20 book total required for 7th grade ELA. 

Students have three great options for sharing their thoughts and ideas on their books with peers, family, and teachers.

Brief Description
Option #1:  Write a book review and print a copy for your ELA teacher.  Option #2:  Meet and talk with peers or family and have a book talk! Students will write and turn in a reflection on this shared experience.

Option #3:  Complete a graphic organizer sharing your knowledge and understanding of the book.

How do I do it?
After reading the book...
1)  Write a book review for your peers (be sure to include specific information & details!). 

2)  Print a copy of your review as evidence of thinking & learning.  
Blank book review "worksheet."


Book Review Planning Sheet

Tips on book clubs and book reviews!


After reading the book...
1)  Form a book talk group

2)  Talk about the book together!

3)  Write a reflection on the experience.  Be sure to include specific information & details!

Book Talk "Worksheet"

Book Talk Planning Sheet

Tips on book clubs and book reviews!
Choose a graphic organizer that matches each book:
1) Build a Pyramid! (fiction or non-fiction)

2)  Shaping Your Understanding (non-fiction)

3)  Synthesizing Key Concepts (fiction)


Models and Samples


Sample graphic organizers:
1)  Pyramid
2)  Shaping Your Understanding
3)  Synthesizing Key Concepts



3)  Hand in evidence of thinking & learning!
  • Summer reading assignments will be collected in ELA class from the first day of school until October 1st.
  • Summer reading assignments will count for 5% of a student's first quarter ELA grade.

**Click HERE for a GREAT PRESENTATION EXPLAINING MIDDLE LEVEL SUMMER READING