Summer Reading 2014-15 Instructions for Grades 6-8
All students entering grades 6-8 are required to read 2 books 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 during the first week of the 2014-15 school year. Students who turn in completed and signed logs 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 two books they wish that are appropriate for their reading level and suit their interests. Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s selections. Recommended books are searchable in the Peabody Institute card catalog.
Keeping a Reading Log
While they read, students are asked to keep a record of their thoughts about what they are reading. A separate log should be kept for each book read. 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.
Each entry should cover between 1-50 pages.
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!