Summer Reading List
for Students Entering Grade 8
As the summer draws near, the Reading and English Departments extend to you and your children our best wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. We hope, that as you plan your time together, you also look forward to enjoying the pleasures and adventures that reading good books can offer. We believe that summer reading should be an enjoyable pastime. We also believe that reading can expand one's personal interests. As you review the brief descriptions for each title contained in this booklet, we hope that the images, emotions, and ideas conveyed in these books will engage your middle schooler's heart as well as his/her head!
All students entering Grades 6, 7, and 8 are expected to read at least three books during the summer. We know that middle school is a time of choice and responsibility for those choices, therefore, students should make good decisions about what is "just right" for them to read, both in interest and difficulty level. We are not requiring all students to read any one title. We really want to honor responsible decision-making. Your child's teacher has reviewed possible choices in class.
Students can use the suggestions in this annotated list, suggestions from the attached list of authors published in the Massachusetts Department of Education English Language Arts Framework document, recommendations from school and/or public librarians, websites such as:
- International Reading Association or Kids Recommend at http://c-t-l.org/kids_recommend.html from the Center for Teaching and Learning.
- A copy of all summer reading lists with more detailed information is available on the Waltham Public Schools website at www.city.waltham.ma.us/school/webpage under Summer Reading, or recommendations from friends, or, a personal choice, ranging from a biography to a current adult best seller!
It is also expected that all titles chosen are new for the reader, that is, have not been read independently or as part of in-school reading from previous grades. We are asking students to keep a log of the books read (See attached.) and give a brief explanation of why the book was chosen. Examples might be: I saw it on a display rack at the bookstore and the information on the back cover drew me in, or I've read other books by the author and I thought I'd like this one too or I've never read a fantasy so I thought I might try one this summer, or My friend gave a book talk on it during school and now I have the time to read it.
Assignments will be based on the books read. Attached is reading log that needs to be completed by September 1, 2015.
We look forward to beginning the new school year by discussing the books your children will read this summer. We encourage you to read along with your children and enjoy the rewarding conversations that usually follow from reading a good book.
English Language Arts Teachers