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<ul><li><p>Summer Reading: Incoming 8th</p><p> Grade Language Arts </p><p>The intention of summer reading is to keep your minds engaged over the months while you are not in school. Reading is </p><p>a pleasurable activity, one that you can enjoy leisurely over the summer months. This summers reading program is built </p><p>around choice. The goal is for you to be reading through the entire summer, so you will have 2 check-in dates prior to </p><p>the first day of school. </p><p>When selecting a book, take some time to be sure you have a book that is appropriate for you. Read the first page or </p><p>two to see if the vocabulary seems to be at the right level. </p><p>Although the assignments are not overly difficult, there is a lot of information and directions to be followed. Please do </p><p>not lose any of these sheets. </p><p>Grades for the summer reading will be applied to your first quarter grade. Failure to complete the work will result in a </p><p>zero for the assignment. Its not a good idea to start off in a hole getting out of it wont be easy. If you or your parents </p><p>have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Ball at 553-3161, x11302 (until the end of the school year) or email me </p><p>at I check my email every day. </p><p>Expectations: </p><p>1.) Read two (2) books from the list that is provided. The list is organized by genre. Try to be adventurous! You are </p><p>to read books that are new to you books that you have not read in the past. </p><p>2.) Complete five items from the list of questions (descriptions on following pages) for each book by the specified </p><p>time. </p><p>a. Always create a heading for each assignment: </p><p>i. First and last name </p><p>ii. Title (underlined) and Author of book </p><p>b. If typing your assignments, you are to follow these requirements: </p><p>i. Font size 12 </p><p>ii. Times New Roman </p><p>iii. Double-spaced </p><p>iv. One-inch margins </p><p>c. If hand-writing your assignments, you are to follow these requirements: </p><p>i. Write legibly. </p><p>ii. Use blue or black ink or pencil. </p><p>iii. Observe the margins. </p><p>iv. Write on the front of the page only. </p><p>3.) Submit your work through email, snail mail, or by dropping it off in the office at the middle school. The check in </p><p>dates appear on the next page. </p></li><li><p>Check-in dates: </p><p>Assignments that accompany the first book must be submitted during the week of June 24 28. </p><p>Assignments that accompany the second book must be submitted during the week of July 29 August 2. </p><p>WAYS TO SUBMIT: </p><p>Email </p><p>Put your first and last name in the subject line. The assignments should be attached to the email. Do not type your </p><p>responses in the body of the email. No blame will be put on technological difficulties for not turning in assignments on </p><p>time. Use this email address: </p><p> </p><p>Snail Mail </p><p>Fold the assignment neatly in an envelope, seal it, and put the appropriate postage on it. When you address the </p><p>envelope, it is your responsibility to write it neatly and correctly. Include a return address. No blame will be put on the </p><p>U.S. Postal Service for envelopes that dont make it to the school. Address the envelope as follows: </p><p>New Richmond Middle School </p><p>Attn: Mrs. Ball </p><p>1135 Bethel-New Richmond Rd. </p><p>New Richmond, OH 45157 </p><p> Drop Off </p><p>If you are dropping off your assignment, you need to come to the building between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. </p><p>Put the assignment in the mailbox labeled Ball in the main office. It is the first of all mailboxes: top, left-hand corner. If </p><p>the office is locked, locate a custodian to help you. </p><p> Review all the choices prior to reading each book. Knowing what questions will be asked will help you </p><p>keep an eye out for possible answers. You may want to take notes while you read to help you create your </p><p>answers once you finish the books. </p><p> On the following pages is a list of all the questions you might choose to answer about the books you read. </p><p>Each response should be a well-developed paragraph. That means it should have a topic sentence that is </p><p>followed by multiple sentences that support and describe your ideas. Proofread your writing before </p><p>submitting it. I have to be able to make meaning out of the words you write. </p><p> There are multiple questions listed for each item. You are not simply answering those questions in a listed </p><p>fashion. You are to use those questions as a guide for creating a paragraph. </p></li><li><p>Of the following choices, you MUST pick 5 to respond to for each book. Once you have chosen an item from the list, </p><p>you cannot choose it again. That means, by the end of the summer, you will have completed 10 items from the list (5 </p><p>for each book you read). </p><p>1. Write a paragraph that discusses genre. Identify the genre of the novel you read. Go beyond just whether it is </p><p>fiction or nonfiction (examples: science fiction, action/adventure, romance, biography, etc.). Give and explain </p><p>three details from the story that show the novel is that genre. </p><p>2. Write a paragraph that discusses point of view. From what point of view was this novel written (1st person, 3rd </p><p>person limited, or 3rd</p><p> person omniscient)? Who is the narrator? What role does the narrator play? How does this </p><p>point of view affect the story (be specific)? </p><p>3. Write a paragraph describing one of the main characters. Explain what the person is like, both physically and </p><p>his/her personality. Give examples from the story of what the character says or does that shows what he/she is </p><p>like. </p><p>4. Pull out a quote that you feel is important to the overall story. Copy the WHOLE quote exactly as it appears in </p><p>the book. Identify the page number on which it appears. Write a paragraph in which you explain the quotes </p><p>meaning and its importance to the overall story. </p><p>5. Write a paragraph where you discuss the authors style of writing. What do you notice about HOW the author </p><p>writes? Comment on the structure of the novel, the word choice, the use of flashback or anything that seems </p><p>unique. Explain how you think this affects the story or how it affects the readers understanding or appreciation </p><p>of the story. </p><p>6. Write a paragraph that discusses setting. Describe the setting of the story (remember that setting is both time </p><p>and place). What clues were you given as to the setting? How was the setting important to the events of the </p><p>story? </p><p>7. Write a paragraph that reviews the book. This is a paragraph that shows your opinion of the novel as a whole. </p><p>Did you like it or not? Support with specific examples from the story. Focus on WHY you feel the way you do </p><p>about the story. </p><p>8. Write a paragraph that discusses conflict. What are the major conflicts in the story? Which characters are </p><p>involved? How do the conflicts help the story move forward? </p></li><li><p>9. Write a paragraph that discusses the climax. Describe what happens during the climax. How do you know that is </p><p>the climax? (Use the events that lead to and that happen after to prove you have identified the climax.) </p><p>10. Write a paragraph that discusses the resolution. How does the author resolve the book? Were you satisfied </p><p>with how it was resolved? Why or why not? What would you have liked to see instead if you were unhappy? </p><p>11. Write a paragraph about theme. Remember that theme is a general statement about life, people or the world </p><p>that a reader learns after finishing a book. Look at what the main characters learn about life as a way to help </p><p>you identify theme. Tell what the theme is in very general terms. Then explain how you know this is the theme </p><p>by supporting it with specific events from the story. </p><p>12. Write a paragraph about the minor characters in this story. Who are they and what is their importance to the </p><p>story? What is their relationship to the main characters? What purpose do they serve in the story? </p><p>13. Write a paragraph about the title. Authors spend a lot of time deciding on their titles. What is the significance of </p><p>the title? Discuss why the author chose this title instead of something different. How did your ideas about the </p><p>title change as you got further into the story? </p><p>14. Write a paragraph about the antagonist. The antagonist is the villain or the character who seems to get in the </p><p>way of the main character. Pick three thoughtful adjectives to describe this character. Give examples from the </p><p>book that support the adjectives you picked. </p><p>15. Write a paragraph about figurative language. Identify 2 places in the book where the author used figurative </p><p>language (language that has to be translated cannot be taken exactly as it is written). Quote the figurative </p><p>language and explain what the author wants the reader to understand from the figurative language. </p><p>16. Write a paragraph about allusion. An allusion is when an author mentions something that we would recognize </p><p>from another book or a movie, a work of art or music. Quote the sentence where you see the allusion. To what </p><p>is the author referring? How does this allusion help you understand what is happening in the story? </p><p>17. Write a paragraph about one major event. Pick one of the major events that occurs during the rising action. </p><p>Describe the event in detail. Explain what its importance is to the whole story. How might the story have been </p><p>different if this event had been different? </p><p>As you create your answers to these questions, be sure you are being thoughtful and thorough. As long as you are doing </p><p>this, and being sure to focus on the questions being asked, you will be on the right track. </p><p>Also remember to proofread your answers. Be sure what you wrote is what you meant, that your sentences are </p><p>constructed in such a way that I can easily make meaning out of your ideas. Check for editing issues as well: </p><p>capitalization, spelling, punctuation, etc. </p></li><li><p>POSSIBLE BOOKS TO READ </p><p>You will not need to bring the books to class when school begins. Therefore, you have some choice in how you read. If </p><p>you have a tablet for reading you are welcome to acquire the books that way. You can order the books from an online </p><p>source like if you wish. You can purchase them from a store, but I would recommend calling first to find </p><p>out if titles are available (if they arent, they might be able to order them for you). You can also check with the local </p><p>library. Even if your branch doesnt have the title you are looking for, they can transfer books between branches. </p><p>However you choose to get your books, be proactive. Dont wait until the last minute. </p><p>SCIENCE FICTION </p><p>Enders Game by Orson Scott Card </p><p>Hidden Talents by David Lubar </p><p>Maximum Ride by James Patterson </p><p>Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer </p><p>This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danzinger </p><p>HISTORICAL FICTION </p><p>Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis </p><p>Red Moon at Sharpsburg by Rosemary Wells </p><p>Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle </p><p>Legend of Bass Reeves by Gary Paulsen </p><p>Airman by Eoin Colfer </p><p>HORROR/SUSPENSE </p><p>Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman </p><p>The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Eighth Grade </p><p>Bites by Heather Brewer </p><p>Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld </p><p>HUMOR </p><p>Something to Blog About by Shana Norris </p><p>Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman </p><p>The Teachers Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts </p><p>by Richard Peck </p><p>MYSTERY </p><p>Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery by </p><p>Peter Abrahams </p><p>Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein </p><p>The Man with the Red Bag by Eve Bunting </p><p>Snatched by Pete Hautman and Mary Logue </p><p>The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects by </p><p>Michael Buckley </p><p>NONFICTION </p><p>Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed </p><p>Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine </p><p>Thimmesh </p><p>Promises to Keep: How Jackie Robinson </p><p>Changed America by Sharon Robinson </p><p>My Life as a Furry Red Monster: What Elmo Has </p><p>Taught Me About Life, Love, and </p><p>Laughing Out Loud by Kevin Clash </p><p>FANTASY </p><p>Everlost by Neal Shusterman </p><p>Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede </p><p>Magyk by Angie Sage </p><p>Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure </p><p>by P. B. Kerr </p><p>SPORTS </p><p>Throwing Like a Girl by Weezie Kerr Mackie </p><p>Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock </p><p>Pinned by Alfred C. Martino </p><p>Football Genius by Tim Green </p><p>Stotan! by Chris Crutcher </p><p>REALISTIC FICTION </p><p>The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney </p><p>The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis </p><p>Red Midnight by Ben Mikaelsen </p><p>Homecoming by Cynthia Voight </p><p>Schooled by Gordon Korman </p><p>ACTION/ADVENTURE </p><p>The Recruit by Robert Muchamore </p><p>Jimmy Coates: Assassin? By Joe Craig </p><p>Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes </p><p>Code Orange by Caroline Cooney </p><p>Flash Flood by Chris Ryan </p><p>Silverfin by Charlie Higson </p></li></ul>


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