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  • Charter Middle School for Applied Technologies

    24 Shoshone Street • Buffalo, N.Y. 14214 • (716) 710-3065 • (716) 862-3912 Fax •

    Mr. J. Efrain Martinez, Superintendent Mr. Brandon Pafk, Principal - CMSAT Mrs. Nadine Williamson - CMSAT June 1, 2015 Dear Parents/Guardians, The 2014 – 2015 school year has gone very smoothly, and we cannot thank you enough for your support in this endeavour. The transitioning of grades 6 – 8 to the new middle school location at 24 Shoshone Street has been a success. We are hopeful that the 2015 – 2016 school year will bring us even more success! With the current school year coming to a close, we want to focus your attention on the required summer reading project for all CMSAT students. The summer reading program is just one way to keep students engaged during the summer months, in between school years. Each student will be given a summer reading assignment packet before the end of the school year. They are to borrow a book from the local library or purchase a copy of one of the books listed and use it to complete the summer reading assignment. The completed assignment will be turned into your child’s reading teacher (for grade 6 students) or ELA teacher (for grades 7 & 8 students) on or before August 28, 2015. The project will be your child’s first grade in quarter one. In addition to completing the required summer reading project, your child may choose to complete a bonus project as well. The optional bonus project should be turned into your child’s reading teacher (for grade 6 students) or ELA teacher (for grades 7 & 8 students) on or before August 28, 2015. Any student who completes and turns in their bonus project will receive a surprise incentive. In addition to the bonus option, we will have other fun surprises taking place throughout the summer. Visit our school webpage at to learn about reading activities over the summer. If you are in need of further information please contact the main office at (716) 710-3065. Have a super summer and keep reading! Sincerely, Brandon Pafk Principal, CMSAT

  •   Summer  Reading  Books  7th  Grade  


    Book   Summary   The  Isle  Lost    

    By  Melissa  De  La  Cruz      



    Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world.

    Mal learns from her mother, Maleficent, that the key to true darkness, the Dragon's Eye, is located inside her scepter in the forbidden fortress on the far side of the island. The eye is cursed, and whoever retrieves it will be knocked into a deep sleep for a thousand years. But Mal has a plan to capture it. She'll just need a little help from her "friends." In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, these four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.


    By  R.J.  Palacio    


    August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy ,compassion, and acceptance. "Wonder is the best kids' book of the year," said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.



    Out  Of  My  Mind   By  Sharon  M.  Draper  


    Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but

    she has a photographic memory; e can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom—the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged, because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.

      The  Crossover   By  Kwame   Alexander  




    Twins Josh and Jordan are junior high basketball stars, thanks in large part to the coaching of their dad, a former professional baller who was forced to quit playing for health reasons, and the firm, but loving support of their assistant-principal mom. Josh, better known as Filthy McNasty, earned his nickname for his enviable skills on the court: "…when Filthy gets hot/He has a SLAMMERIFIC SHOT." In this novel in verse, the brothers begin moving apart from each other for the first time. Jordan starts dating the "pulchritudinous" Miss Sweet Tea, and Josh has a tough time keeping his jealousy and feelings of abandonment in control. Alexander's poems vary from the pulsing, aggressive beats of a basketball game to the more introspective musings of a child struggling into adolescence. Despite his immaturity, Josh is a likable, funny, and authentic character. Underscoring the sports and the fraternal tension is a portrait of a family that truly loves and supports one another. Alexander has crafted a story that vibrates with energy and heart.


  • CREATIVITY BONUS You will have an opportunity to receive extra credit! If

    you read an additional book of your own choosing or that is on the book list, you can complete one of the following assignments and

    receive extra credit for ELA!

    Option #1: Create a Movie Poster! If your novel were turned into a movie, what would it look like? Who would play the main

    characters? Make sure it models an “authentic” poster.

    Option #2: Comic Strip: Create a comic strip of a main scene in your novel. Make sure it is complete with captions so it is clear as

    to what is going on and why it is important.

    Option #3: Alternative Ending: If you could, how would you change the ending of your novel? Write at least a one-page

    alternative ending to your book. What would be different? Be very specific.

    Remember, this is BONUS! It is to be done in addition to the required reading assignment!


  • Summarizing  Your  Book  7th  &  8th  Grade    

    When  you  tell  someone  about  your  day,  you  include  the  important  people,  places,  and  events  but  leave  out   the  little  details.    Similarly,  a  summary  of  a  story  is  a  brief  retelling.    It  includes  only  the  main  characters,  setting,  

    conflict,  and  important  events.    

    When  reading  a  story,  you  might  have  personal  opinions,  or  feelings,  about  it.    You  might  also  make   judgments  about  the  story  –  whether  it’s  believable,  well-­‐written,  and  so  on.    Although  it’s  fine  to  have  opinions   and  make  judgments,  don’t  include  them  in  a  summary.    A  summary  is  supposed  to  be  objective,  or  tell  only  the  


    Directions:  Complete  the  graphic  organizer  as  you  read  your  book.    If  you  are  familiar  with  the  five  stages   of  plot,  you  can  use  them,  or  you  can  use  the  beginning,  middle,  and  end  column  to  guide  your  work.      


    Plot   Notes  

    Be gi nn in g  

    Exposition   Introduces  the  setting  and   the  characters   Sets  up  or  hints  at  the   conflict  (problem)      

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    M id dl e  

    Rising  Action   Shows  how  the  conflict   becomes  more  difficult   Build