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2017 DRIHSCS Summer Reading



1.    Read the text required for your grade

2.    Complete one of the three assignment options below. This will count as your first ELA project grade.

3.    Bring your assignment with you on the first day of school.


         Read the suggested texts and complete the attached reading log to earn reading minutes for prizes. These minutes will also count toward our first quarter reading competition, where classes and scholars compete to be the top readers in the middle school!

Required Texts

Entering Grade 6

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Entering Grade 7

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Entering Grade 8

Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Assignment Options

1. Be A Movie Director

Write up a plan for how to make a book you read into a movie. The plan should include:

●     Three actors to be in the movie – explain who they will play and why.

●     What type of movie it will be (comedy, drama, adventure, etc.)

●     Think about the setting of the book. Where would be the right place to film the movie? Explain the reason for your choice.

●     Three songs for your movie and where you would use them in the movie. Explain why you chose the songs.

 2. Character Journal

Pick a character from one of the books and create a diary for them. The diary should include

●     A cover with your character’s name and should fit the character.

●     Four entries for your character based on the events of the story. Describe how the character is feeling and what his/hers next steps might be.

●     On the back cover include your name, the title and author of the book, and why you choose the character. Each entry should be at least half a page.

3. Book Report

Nonfiction Book Report

●     Each paragraph should include at least four sentences.

●     Your report may be handwritten or typed.

●     First paragraph: Include the title, author and the genre of the book. Include also why you picked this book.

●     Second and third paragraphs: Write about six facts you learned from the book.

●     Fourth Paragraph: State your opinion about the book. It is okay if you didn’t like the book. Remember to include reasons for your opinion.

Fictional Book Report

●     Put your name on the top right corner of the page.

●     Make the title and author your heading.

●     Write an essay following that includes the following:

1. One or two sentences describing the setting of the book.

2. 3-4 characters with a description of each character.

3. A summary paragraph of the plot and tone of the book that is at least eight sentences long.

4. A paragraph of 3-4 sentences describing a favorite or least favorite part

5. What rating would give this book and why? 

Please email nwillsen@drihscs.org if you have any questions! 

Grade 6 Suggested Texts


●      Loser (Jerry Spinelli)

●      Found (Margaret Peterson Haddix)

●      Becoming Naomi Leon (Pam Munoz Ryan)

●      The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (Tom

●      Angleberger)

●      The Big Field (Mike Lupica)


●      Knots in My Yo-Yo String (Jerry Spinelli)

●      Guts (Gary Paulsen)

●      How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the

●      Awfully Famous (Georgia Bragg)


●      Smile (Raina Telgemeier) 

 Grade 7 Suggested Texts


●      Full Tilt (Neal Shusterman)

●      The London Eye Mystery (Siobhan Dowd)

●      Artemis Fowl (Eoin Colfer)

●      Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)

●      Feathers (Jacqueline Woodson)


●      Marshfield Dreams (Ralph Fletcher)

●      Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True

●      Story About Brain Science. (John

●      Fleischmann)


●      Amulet: The Stonekeeper (Kazu Kibuishi

●      Chew on This (Eric Schlosser and Charles

Grade 8 Suggested Texts


●      Heat (Mike Lupica)

●      Walk Two Moons (Sharon Creech)

●      The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)

●      Chains (Laurie Halse Anderson)

●      Guys Read: Thriller (Jon Sciezka)


●      Good Brother, Bad Brother (James Cross Giblin)

●      Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World’s

●      Most Dangerous Weapon (Steve Sheinkin)

●      Odd Girl Speaks Out (Rachel Simmons)


●      Maus: A Survivor’s Tale (Art Spiegelman)


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