Summer Reading for those students entering Grade 8 in Sept. 2019
What our ELA faculty expects you to read this summer
Choose one title from each list:
Feed M. T. Anderson
Watched Marina Budhos
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mark Haddon
The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia Candace Fleming
The Soul of an Octopus Sy Montgomery
Brown Girl Dreaming Jaqueline Woodson
Why we expect you to complete this reading
There are so many ways that reading a lot will help you as a student: it increases your reading speed,
expands your vocabulary, and exposes you to time periods and places you aren’t able to visit yourself.
Reading a lot doesn’t just make you a better student, though- it also makes you a better person. Studies
have shown that the more fiction you read, the better you are able to understand and empathize with others.
Reading allows you to access experiences you may never live through yourself, giving you a partial glimpse
of what another’s life is like.
What you should do before you read these texts
Acquire a copy you can bring to school with you in September.
What you should do while you are reading
Enjoy! For the fiction title, think about what themes (big ideas about what it’s like to be a person)
the author is trying to convey. For both, formulate an opinion. What aspects did you like? What
didn’t you like?
How we will make use of the reading when we return to school
We will use the fiction title to write an essay about a major theme you see in the novel. We will use
the nonfiction title to create presentations, in teams, highlighting different aspects of the books.
Additional things you need to succeed in English Language Arts for the upcoming school year
Three ring binder with loose leaf paper and four dividers
One composition notebook (or notebook with a vinyl cover)
1 box of tissues
Any required texts for the school year can be ordered through the school bookstore.
Whom to contact for questions
Please email Mr. McDermott with any questions- firstname.lastname@example.org