City Honors School
Summer Reading 2019
Entering Grade 7
What our ELA faculty expects you to read this summer:
One Crazy Summer Rita Williams-Garcia
Choose ONE additional title from the list:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian Sherman Alexie
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card
And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle
White Fang Jack London
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter Adeline Yen Mah
When My Name Was Keoko Linda Sue Park
MAUS I Art Spiegelman
Stargirl Jerry Spinelli
Why we expect you to complete this reading
To build a foundation for college and career readiness, students must read widely and deeply from a broad
range of high quality, increasingly challenging, literary and informational texts throughout the year. Research
has shown that children who do not read during the summer vacation can lose approximately 3-4 months of
reading gains made during the previous school year. Reading during the summer months fosters reading growth
(The Reading Teacher Journal; April, 2013). We want all of our students to make reading a favorite part of their
free time… and take a vacation through a good book! New York State Learning Standards suggest that children
should be reading a minimum of 25 books each year.
What you should do before you read these texts
Research. While you cannot decide on the first book, you can decide for yourself regarding the second one.
Do a little research. There are a variety of books on the list. If you enjoy adventures, biographies, mysteries,
realistic or historical fiction, there is something available for everyone. Research to find the book that interests
you the most and then read it.
What you should do while you are reading
Pay attention. You should be able to discuss the various elements of the story (exposition, plot summary, setting,
characterization, climax, resolution, and theme) but also be able to discuss these elements for each book (the required and your choice). You are allowed to write notes down and bring them into class on these elements.
Another small moment... If in the first three chapters, you cannot comprehend or are not enjoying the book you have selected for the second choice, choose a different one. You cannot do this for One Crazy Summer, but you can for your independent selection. If you have questions, e-mail me.
How we will make use of the reading when we return to school
When we return to school, we will discuss the books you have read and will use the information contained in each text not only for discussion, but also for use as we connect to the literature used in class for the coming school year.
Additional things you need to succeed in English Language Arts for the upcoming school year
___ 1 and 1/2 inch binder (1 inch is fine but other subject papers are not to be kept in the English binder)
___ 1 pack of 5 or 8 tab dividers (8 tab is preferred but 5 is acceptable)
___ 1 package index cards
___ Loose-leaf paper (college ruled)
___ Pens (black/blue ink only)
___ Pencils (#2) (an eraser will be helpful)
___a box of tissues
___a “jump”, “stick”, or “flash” drive (good size is 4 GB ... Your child’s name should be the name in the device.
If you need help with this, I will teach you how to change it.)
Whom to contact for questions
E-mail Ms. Shea at firstname.lastname@example.org