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    •Howls Moving Castle by Jones (graphic) •I, Juand eP a rj b yT evino • WI, Robot by Asimov • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Freedman •Nothing but the Truth by Avi • Out of the Dust by Hesse • Pride and r ejudic byAusten • S av nah byPrice
Newton County School System

Summer

Summer 2015

8th Grade List

This Summer Students must read one (1) book from the list for the grade level in which they will be enrolled at the beginning of the school year. Students should also respond to the literature by completing two of the activities from the appropriate choice board. The summer reading assignments will be taken for a grade in the student’s English Language Arts (ELA) class within the first three weeks of school. As a means of recognizing the student’s efforts, each assignment will be graded and counted as a performance task grade for the first marking period of the 2015-2016 school year. Quest students must complete the Quest assignment.

• A Dream of Freedom: The Civil Rights Movement from 1954- 1968 (non-fiction) by McWhorter • A Gathering of Days by Blos • A Little Princess (unabridged) by

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Out of the Dust by Hesse Pride and Prejudice by Austen Savannah by Price Soldier’s Heart by Paulsen The Alchemist by Coelho

Barnett A Wrinkle in Time by L’Engle Alas Babylon by Frank An American Plague by Murphy Animal Farm by Orwell Anne of Green Gables (unabridged)

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The Call of the Wild by London The Great Fire by Murphy The Hero and the Crown by McKinley The Hunger Games series by Collins

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by Montgomery • Around the World in Eighty Days by Verne • Dogsong by Paulsen • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Stevenson (classic) • Eleanor Roosevelt by Freedman • Eragon by Paolini • Fever 1793 by Anderson • Hannibal by Abbott (classic) • Hound of the Baskervilles (unabridged) by Conan • Howls Moving Castle by Jones (graphic) • I, Juan de Pareja byTrevino • I, Robot by Asimov • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Freedman • Nothing but the Truth by Avi

• The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Selnick (graphic) • The Lottery Rose by Hunt • The Midwife’s Apprentice by Cushman • The Once and Future King by White • • • • •

The Outsiders, Hinton The Red Pony by Steinbeck The Road to Memphis by Taylor The Secret Garden by Burnett The Swiss Family Robinson

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(unabridged) by Wyss The Thief by Turner The Wolves of Willoughby by Aiken Watership Down by Adams Which Way Freedom by Hansen White Fang by London Witness by Hesse

Additional Selections: Any award winning book or book from the list above that is within the student’s Lexile range. Helpful Links: Lexile levels: www.Lexile.com/fab/GA ebooks:http: www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page http://thefutureinreading.myon.com/GetGAREADING Login information: School Name: Get Georgia Reading, Georgia Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Username and password: read

Summer Reading Response Choice Board Directions: Choose two activities to complete as you read your book this summer.

Illustration

Compare/Contrast Writing Style

Dialogue

Draw o r paint your f a v o r i t e scene from

Compare and c o n t r a s t the writing style of the

Imagine that t h e main character from the

the book you read. You may do this on

book you read to that of a book you read last

book you read accidentally meets a character

traditional canvas or poster board; or

school year. Think about the use of

from a book yo u read in class last year. Write a

you may be ultra-creative and c h o o s e

description, dialogue, word choice, and

2-page dialogue introducing these characters

your o w n medium.

character development.

to each other.

Epilogue

Word Web

Movie Poster

Create a “word web” ( see instructions below)

Create a movie poster from t h e book you

read. This ending must be at least 2

with 10 vocabulary words you learned while

read. Think about which current actors/

pages. Please edit for spelling,

reading your boo k .

actors would play each part and design a

Create an alternate ending to the book you

punctuation, and usage.

poster accordingly.

Visual Presentation

Diorama/Table

Letter

Create a visual presentation comparing

Create a diorama or table model of the

Write a letter to the author of the book. Explain

and c o n t r a s t i n g the main character

setting of the book you read.

your o p i n i o n of the book. What did you like or dislike? (one page in length)

(protagonists and a n t a go n i s t s ) from t h e book yo u read and t h e main character of a book you read last school year.

Word Web Graphic Organizer Synonym

Antonym

Sentence

Illustration

Summer Reading 2015

QUEST Summer Reading Response Choice Board Directions: Choose two activities to complete as you read your book this summer. Essay

Compare/Contrast Writing Style

Dialogue

Compose an essay in which you

Compare and c o n t r a s t the writing style of the

Imagine that t h e main character from the

summarize the novel in paragraph one;

book you read to that of a book you read last

book you read accidentally meets a

analyze the characterization, author's

school year. Think about the use of

character from a book yo u read in class last

use of stylistic devices, figurative

description, dialogue, word choice, and

year. Write a 2-page dialogue introducing

language, and symbolism in paragraphs

character development. Provide examples of

these characters to each other. Draw,

two through five, and develop a

shared styles as well as how the styles differ.

paint, or take p h o t o s to create a scene

concluding paragraph that states if you

You may include why you feel the author used a

representing this encounter. You may do

would recommend this book to other

specific style when writing the novel.

this on traditional canvas or poster board;

teens and if you believe this book

or you may be ultra- creative and choose

should win a book award.

your own medium such a comic strip creator, glogsteredu, prezi, etc.

Habitat

Fakebook

Movie Poster

Create/build a habitat based on two

Create a “Fakebook” page ( http://

Create a movie poster depicting the book

scenes from y ou r n o v e l.This may be done

www.classtools.net/fb/home/page) or a

you read. Think about which current

as two separate habitats, or you may

"Facebook" page (on poster board-- not really

actors/actresses would play each part a n d

create one h a b i t a t merging the two

on the world wide w e b) for the main

design a poster accordingly. Include a

scenes from t h e different novels.

characters in the book. On your page, make

digital or written trailer that introduces

sure to have sections that allow for a picture

the book’s ideas and themes as you view

of the character, the character's status for the

them personally. Be sure t o include quotes

day (ex. Willy Wonka is

), his/her

representing the theme or ideas.

relationship status, political and/or religious views, Contact information (e- mail, current town), Personal Info (activities, interests, favorite music, favorite movie, favorite book, favorite (you choose another favorite for your character). This page should include 10 vocabulary words you learned while reading these books. Comic Strip

Game

Letter

Create a comic strip that r e p r es e n t s

Create a game based on your n o v e l ’ s

Write a letter to the author of your boo k

comparisons and d i ff e r e n c e s between

themes and character interaction. Be sure

stating your r e c o m m e n d a t i o n for the book

the main characters (protagonists and

to included rules and d i r e c t i o n s .

to receive an award. Explain your opinion

sure to include information that will

You may also choose to build a sociogram

along with suggestions for improving the

show the way the main characters

instead of creating a game.

book to make the bestseller’s list? (one

of the book. What did you like or dislike

antagonists) from t h e book you read. Be

change, including what the change is and

page in length)

what brought about the change. Include quotes from the story that will

QUEST Summer Reading 2015

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