Download the Middle School Summer Reading Log
2016 Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8
All students entering grades 6-8 are required to read 1 book of their choice over the summer, and complete a reading log that contains their thoughts about what they have read. Parents and guardians are asked to sign the log before students turn them in on the date in the Fall when the school will hold a Book Tasting (TBA). Students will use their reading logs to help them share with classmates “a taste” of their book. Students who turn in a completed and signed log will earn credit for them from their English Language Arts teacher.
Choosing a Book
A list of recommended book titles representing several genres has been compiled by school and city librarians. Students looking for good books to read will find that it contains many excellent choices. However, students are not required to choose from the list; they may select any book they wish that is appropriate for their reading level and suits their interests. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s selections.
Keeping a Reading Log
While they read, students are asked to keep a record of their thoughts about what they are reading. Students may print out as many Reading Logs as they need to hold their thoughts. The Reading Log contains the following fields:
(see below for topic suggestions)
Use as many lines as you need for a thoughtful reflection.
Students should consider asking themselves a variety of questions, and record the answers in their logs. Here are some suggestions:
Fiction: Who are the main characters and how are they connected to one another? What is happening in the story? What do I think about those events? What do I think about the characters? Their words? Their actions? How does the author keep the story moving, and keep the reader interested? What event did I just read about? Why is it important to the story?
Non-Fiction: What are some key pieces of information I just learned? What am I reading about that interests me? Why? What connections am I making between this book and my world.
Feel free to ask and answer your own questions! Have a fun and safe summer. Read another book!
Download the Student Reading Log at http://bit.ly/1HydEwZ or pick up a copy at the Higgins Main Office or the Peabody Institute Library.