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SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS 2016-2017

 
Every student entering Kernan is required to complete the summer reading and corresponding assignments, which will be due Tuesday, 8/23 or Wednesday, 8/24, according to which day/date your child has Language Arts class.

  • All students are required to read the selected Required Reading novel listed for each grade level.  
  • Students are required to read one of the Student Choice books in addition to the Required Reading for each grade level.
  • Students at each grade level will read two books total.  There is an assignment for each book.  Students may choose to complete the Mind Map or the Powerpoint/Prezi for each book.

 

6th GRADE

7th GRADE

8th GRADE

Required Reading

Stargirl 

by Jerry Spinelli

Monster 

by Walter Dean Myers

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens 

by Sean Covey




Student Choice 1

Touching Spirit Bear

 by Ben Mikaelsen

The Skin I’m In 

by Sharon G. Flake

Holes 

by Louis Sachar

Student Choice 2

Color of My Words 

by Lynn Joseph

A Wrinkle In Time 

by Madeline L’Engle

So Far From the Bamboo Grove 

by Yoko Kawashima Watkins

 

 We encourage the students to purchase their own copy to highlight and annotate.  Students may check out any of the listed novels from the KMS Media Center or Main Office starting 6/7/16 – 6/24/16.  Summer check-out hours will be:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 ALL GRADE LEVELS MUST COMPLETE AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING TASKS FOR BOTH THE REQUIRED READING NOVEL AND THE STUDENT CHOICE NOVEL:

TASK 1 – MIND MAP

Follow the directions below to create a mind map for your required reading novel and/or your student choice novel.

You may create the mind map on a blank piece of paper, on a poster, or on the computer, whichever you desire.

                                                                             MIND MAP

A Mind Map is another way of “making notes” on a subject or a book, and it includes words, pictures, colors, and lines.

1. Write the title of the book you've read in the center of the page, and draw a circle around it. Think of this as your central subject.

2. As you think of major or important facts or events, draw lines out from this circle. Label these lines with a phrase or sentence or drawing. Think of these lines as your major headings.

 3. As you think deeper about the book and uncover more details, themes, etc. which belong to the major event lines you’ve already created, draw these smaller events/details as lines linked to the major event lines. The smaller events/details are your subheadings.

4. Finally, for individual facts or ideas, draw lines out from the appropriate subheading line and label them.

5. As you think about the book and look over your map, new information may come to mind; link it to the Mind Map appropriately. NOTE: A complete Mind Map may have main topic lines radiating in all directions from the center. Sub-topics and facts will branch off these, like branches and twigs from the trunk of a tree. You do not need to worry about the structure produced, as this will evolve as you develop your mind map.

KEYS TO A GREAT MIND MAP:

· Use single words or simple phrases for information: In your Mind Map, single strong words and meaningful phrases can convey the meaning more clearly than full sentences. Excess words just clutter the Mind Map.

· Print rather than write in cursive.

· Use color to separate different ideas: This will help you to separate ideas where necessary. It also makes your Mind Map easier to remember. Color also helps to show the organization of the subject.

· Use symbols and images: Where a symbol or picture means something to you, use it. Pictures can help you to remember information more effectively than words.

· Using cross-linkages: Information in one part of the Mind Map may relate to another part. Here you can draw lines to show the cross-linkages. This helps you to see how one part of the subject connects with another.

Please go to the following website to view a sample mind map. This website is the source of this compiled information and can provide additional information as well. http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newISS_01.htm.

TASK 2 – POWERPOINT OR PREZI

Directions:

* You are going to create a PowerPoint that accurately describes the literary aspects of the book.

* Each of the following should have their own slide:

* A title slide

* A summary

* A detailed description of the various settings

* A detailed description of the main characters

* An overview of the minor characters

* An explanation of the theme of the novel

* What you think would happen after the book ended

* Who you would recommend the book to

* Have an adult help you proofread for proper spelling and grammar 

Rubric: (self-check) __ You have all the required slides listed above with thought out, detailed responses and pictures that help move the presentation along.

 

 

                                       2016-2017 Summer Reading Workshops

                        June 30th – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Required Readings

                        July 29th – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Student Choice Novels

Kernan Middle School students may come to either or both workshops.  These workshops will involve discussions of Summer Reading materials, developing a culture of reading at KMS and direct support and assistance with completion of the required Summer Reading assignments for ELA.  Students should come with the required reading novel and a draft of their mind map, Powerpoint or Prezi.  Please complete the registration form and submit to the Main Office at least 3 days prior to the start of the workshop.

 

                                           ACHIEVE 3000

Achieve 3000 delivers engaging, nonfiction content that is aligned with Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. It provides an online opportunity to practice critical reading comprehension skills.

 www.achieve3000.com – Complete activities and earn points over the summer!

 

                                   TIPS TO PROMOTE READING FUN!

  • Read daily! Make reading a family event!
  • Write about what you read. Use the dictionary for unfamiliar words.
  • Read both literary and informational texts.

 

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