Language Arts – Summer Reading List

Required Summer Reading 2014

to be completed by August 6, 2014, when school starts.

Reading is such a fabulous summer activity, and your teachers strongly encourage it.

Before you return to school in August…

Complete the activity linked in the bullet points above for the first day of school. In addition, during the first two weeks of school in August, your 6th, 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher will require you to complete an assignment and/or writer’s workshop based upon the book you read over the summer. The best way to prepare for this activity is to read the book carefully, highlight/annotate important events – especially those that support the theme for your grade, and take notes on Post-its of questions you might have while you read, interesting characters, and other details that will help you enjoy the book.

Reading is FUN!

You are not limited to books on this list! We encourage you to read all of these books and more this summer. Reading is a great way to get out of the heat! These books should be readily available at local bookstores, online, or at your public libraries.

6th Grade6th Grade – Choose One

  • Schooled by Gordon Korman
  • Payback Time by Karl Deuker
  • The Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • The Ruins of Gorlan, The Ranger’s Apprentice Book 1 by John Flanagan
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio

7th Grade – Choose One7th Grade

  • The Misfits by James Howe
  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • The Perfect Shot by Elaine Marie Alphin
  • I’d Tell you I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

8th Grade8th Grade

Mandatory for all students

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry

Choose one:

  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
  • Crossing the Tracks by Barbar Stuber
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

If your student is attending Chaparral next year, the summer reading is:

Freshman 9th Grade

English I – Choose ONE of the following novels:

  1. The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
  2. Uglies by Scott Westerfield
  3. Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

English I Honors – Must read ALL 3 English I novels


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