Dear Incoming Eighth Graders,
Summer is here, and with summer comes leisure time to read and enjoy good books! During the year, we tend to become very busy in our daily lives. Hopefully you will have some much deserved down time this summer vacation. Your next year’s English teacher, however, would like you to continue to read and think critically.
Each of you must read at least three books this summer. In eighth grade, one book is required for English class, one is required for History class, and one is the teacher recommended book. You must read Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, The Long Road to Gettysburg by Jim Murphy, and your choice of the following:
Teacher Recommended Text (pick one):
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman (Mrs. Chamas)
Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck (Mr. Gillis)
Ghost (Track Book 1) by Jason Reynolds (Mr. Goodwin)
Code Word Courage (Dogs of WWII) by Kirby Larson (Mrs. Harrington)
*Open to incoming 7th and 8th graders only*:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Mrs. Wong)*
Come Find Me by Megan Miranda (Ms. Caldwell) *
If you are an international student in ELL, you’ll read Gettysburg by Josh Gregory instead of The Long Road to Gettysburg. There is a separate assignment online for you to complete.
You will be asked to complete the two specific sets of reflection questions. This written documentation will serve as focus points for class discussions in the beginning of the school year in the fall. These forms are available above. Nothing written is required for the third teacher recommended book.
Please keep in mind that our goal for you is to become fluent and critical readers. To listen to an audiobook, or to watch a movie version of the work may be meaningful and enjoyable, but does not substitute for the actual reading of the book.
Please bring your written responses and books to your first classes next fall. Have a wonderful summer and happy reading!
Miss Caldwell, English Department Chair