•  Kernan Middle School


     Every student entering Kernan is required to complete the summer reading and corresponding assignments, which will be due Wednesday, 8/15 or Thursday, 8/16, 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.


    Incoming 6th GRADE

    Incoming 7th GRADE

    Incoming 8th GRADE

    Required Reading


    by Jerry Spinelli


    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

    Local News

    by Gary Soto

    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                            

     Summer Reading Log Document to Print 

    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 House Office starting 5/16/17 – 6/2/17.  Starting 6/5/17, summer check-out hours will be:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Monday -Thursday in the Main Office.  Books are available in limited quantities on a first come, first served basis.



    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.


    · 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. 




    * 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.

    Parent Information Regarding Summer Reading Books


    Age 10+- A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.

    Parents need to know that Stargirl is a sort of supernatural character who is difficult to encapsulate, despite her classmates' repeated attempts to pigeonhole her. Few parents will have objections to the content, but there is one scene in particular where Stargirl's peers verbally attack her on a television show. A romantic relationship also develops between the two main characters, but it's completely innocent. Every middle schooler should read and discuss this -- and, fortunately, many of them do.


    Ages 13+ - Provocative book about teen on trial for murder.

    Parents need to know that this book is about a teen on trial for murder. While part of the story is told as a movie script, it employs highly realistic writing, with both poor and proper grammar used appropriately for each character. Grainy photographs contribute to the realistic atmosphere. There is some gritty material: characters are beaten up, the intimate assault of inmates is implied, and Steve is terrified of being sent to prison. The high drama in this dialogue-driven story will appeal to even reluctant readers. And teens will appreciate debating whether Steve's guilty or not, and related issues, such as the fairness of our judicial system.

    The book has educational value and positive messages; however, there is violence and language.

    7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens

    Ages 14+ - Ultimate teenage success guide

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, has been to millions of teens: a handbook to self-esteem and success. This classic book applies the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions teens face. In an entertaining style, Covey provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and get along with their parents. 

    Parents:  Please feel free to research reviews and summaries for any of our Summer Reading selections.  Students are free to opt to read a second Student Choice novel for their grade level if the required reading does not meet with a parent’s approval.