Middle School Summer Reading Assignment

Middle School Summer Reading Assignment 2018-19 School Year
Posted on 06/13/2018

Along with the Summer Reading Assignment for all Middle School Students, please see the attached files supplied by middle school teachers that will aid with the assignment.

MS Character Development 2018-19.pdf
MS Reading Log.pdf
MS Summer Reading 2018-19.pdf

Middle School Summer Reading (2018-2019)

“Character Development”

“How does the protagonist or main character develop or change throughout your novel?”

   I.      Why do we require summer reading?

We believe all students need to be able to read and write effectively to be lifelong learners. Summer reading encourages students to maintain skills learned during the previous school year. Through their reading, students will be observing how authors create characters that develop and change throughout a novel and learn lessons that connect to the novel’s overall theme.  Analyzing a character’s development throughout a story will enable students to remember key points of their reading and will assist them in the writing activity that will take place at the beginning of the school year. 

II.   What are our goals and objectives for summer reading?

        To encourage students to read closely and focus on character development

·         To assess writing strengths and weaknesses

        To maintain skills learned prior to summer


III.  Assignment for ALL Middle School Students in Grades 6, 7, and 8

Choose an appropriate novel (either from the Suggested Book List OR one of Your Choice) that is within your reading level and describes a strong protagonist (main character).  As you read pay attention to how the events in the novel propel the protagonist to develop and change throughout the novel.  It is important to note lessons learned and the overall development of that person.

Attached is a character development graphic organizer that must be completed and will be taken as a grade in your ELA classes.  It’s important to take your time, be detailed and thoughtful in your written responses, and write neatly.  Feel free to TYPE the character development information and attach it to the graphic organizer on return to school in August.  This organizer will also be used as a reference for an in class assignment within the first month of school.

We would like to see students read more than one book over the summer.  Please create your own log of how many books you read along with their titles.  We challenge you to read as many age-appropriate novels as you can.  Are you up for the “Reading Challenge?”  Ready, Set, READ!

A List of Suggested “Character Development” Titles




Hunger Games (series)

Maze Runner (series)

Divergent (series)

Twilight (series)


Among the Hidden

Call it Courage

Robinson Crusoe

The 5th Wave

Fever 1793

The One and Only Ivan

City of Ember

Ender’s Game

Where the Red Fern Grows

Old Yeller


Out of the Dust

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

Crossover by Kwame Alexander

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Bomb: the Race to Steal the World’s Most Dangerous

 by Steve Sheinkin

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton

That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. Hinton

So Far from the Bamboo Grove

The Bonesetter’s Daughter

The Clay Marble

Alone Together by Sarah Donovan

Dreams of Gold-Anne O’Neil

Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of WWII by Joseph Bruchac

The Breadwinner

The Storm in the Barn


A Break with Charity

A Long Way from Chicago


Sixth Grade Secrets

Brown Girl Dreaming

A Long Way Gone


Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti--2007 Newbery Honor

Lincoln: A Photobiography--Newbery Honor.

The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Beals

Rosa Parks: My Story by Rosa Parks

Guts by Gary Paulsen

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Alive by Piers Paul Read

Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story  by Sandra NEil Wallace Rich Wallace

Brown Girl Dreaming by Woodson Jacqualine

Hidden Figures:The Untold True Story of Four African Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space by Margot Lee Shetterly

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler:Knud Peterson and the Churchill Club by Philip Hoose

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Trapped by Marc Aaronson

The 57 Bus: A True Story about Two Teenagers and the Crime that Changed their Lives by Dashka Slater

 I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson

Red Scarf Girl by Ji-Ji Jiang

Chinese Cinderella-Adeline Yen Mah

The Boys in the Boat-Dan Brown



*These book titles, both content and reading level, may be not be appropriate for all students. 

Parents, please preview your child’s choice(s) before committing.*

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