7th Grade Summer Reading List at St. Andrews
Greetings from your 7th grade English teachers! We are so excited about the coming year, a year filled with literature, vocabulary, grammar, and fun! Each year, we assign a few novels to be read during summer break, and we begin the year discussing these novels; our first writing assessments address the books you read. This year, we are giving you more of a choice in what you read!!! Please select two books from List A and two books from List B to read this summer. You will need to annotate one book from each list. Please see the How to Annotate section to guide you through the process of annotation.
List A Please choose 2
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Emma by Jane Austen
Watsons Go to Brimingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
This Voice in My Heart by Gilbert Tuhabonye
Olives Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry*
List B Please choose 2
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Richard Yancey
Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Call of the Wild by Jack London
How to annotate:
In order to truly engage and connect with reading, you must treat the novel you are reading as your partner in the reading process. One way of improving the efficacy of this process is to annotate, or mark-up your book as you read it. You might underline the sections that seem most important, put questions marks in the margins of passages you dont understand or seem strange to you, circle words you dont know (then look them up in the dictionary!), circle recurring themes and images, or write reactions next to sections that prompt an emotional response talking back to the writer.
You should mark anything youd like to be able to find easily later on. There is no right or wrong way to annotate. There is no correct or incorrect number of annotations you should have. Typically, students annotate earlier in the book, as this is when much of the important information appears. As you continue to read, you will begin to understand more of the important subjects and themes of the book. Make sure to mark when they appear. One page may have many things underlined, circled, starred, or highlighted with notes in the margins. Other pages may be completely devoid of annotation. The annotation process will add to the time it takes to read the book, but your understanding of it will be much deeper.
Important literary elements to annotate:
1. Setting time and place
2. Characters names, relationships, descriptions, and changes they undergo
3. Words you do not understand (look them up!)
4. Themes/main ideas in the book
8th Grade 2011 Summer Reading
All in-coming eighth graders must read at least one book from the fiction listing and at least one book from the nonfiction listing. In addition, all students must read Animal Farm and are asked to read the edition referenced below.
Fiction (Select at least one to read)
A Separate Peace, John Knowles A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith Foundation, Isaac Asimov Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton Life of Pi, Yann Martel Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck Peace Like A River, Leif Enger Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry Run, Ann Patchett The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd
Nonfiction (Select at least one to read)
Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah Invictus, John Carlin Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam, Jr. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie Charles and Emma: Darwins Leap of Faith, Deborah Heiligman Touching the Void, Joe Simpson Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitlers Olympics, Jeremy Schaap Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand Warriors Dont Cry, Melba Pattillo Beals When I Was Puerto Rican, Esmeralda Santiago
Required Reading for All In-Coming 8th Graders*
Animal Farm, George Orwell (ISBN 0-451-52634; Signet Classic edition) *Reading guides for Animal Farm
Animal Farm by George Orwell Historical Background for the Allegorical Meaning*
*Adapted from Turner Learning, Inc. 1848 Karl Marxs Communist Manifesto is completed in Brussels, Belgium. The pamphlet becomes
the defining document of a revolutionary new idea: communism. 1861 Russias government (monarchy) declares the emancipation of the serfs. The policy does little
to alleviate the peasants poverty and lives of hard labor. 1864 Marx organizes the First Communist Internationale in London. Its governing council directs the
modest growth of communism in the coming years. 1870 Vladimir Lenin is born in Russia. 1879 Leon Trotsky and Joseph Stalin are born (the former in the Ukraine, the latter in Georgia). 1881 Revolutionary sentiment continues to build in Russia over dissatisfaction with the political
system and general living conditions. Czar Alexander II is assassinated. 1883 Karl Marx dies. 1903 Russia loses the Russo-Japanese War and its economy is crippled by the expensive war effort. 1905 Bloody SundayProtestors gather in St. Petersburg (home to the Czar) to demand changes in
government and living conditions. Royal troops fire into the crowd, killing many. 1914 Russias entry into World War I strains its economy further, creating catastrophic food shortages
and widespread poverty. 1917 The February Revolutiontopples Russian Czar Nicholas II. Both the Provisional Government
and the communists make claims to power. The October RevolutionBolshevik troops (communist soviet troops led by Lenin) advance on
the Provisional Government. A bloodless coup brings the soviets to power and marks the start of the communist era. The Bolsheviks subsequently change the partys name to Russian Communists.
1918 Civil war begins in Russia. White forces, intent on removing the soviets from power, battle the Red forces of the Russian Communists (under the leadership of Leon Trotsky). After three years of war, Trotsky succeeds in establishing communist authority.
Lenin orders the beginning of the Red Terrora systematic campaign in which communist police and army forces round up and execute suspected opponents.
1922 USSR is formally established as a federation of Russian states united under the communist
system. Stalin is named Secretary-General, a powerful position in the communist hierarchy. Lenin suffers paralyzing strokes, which remove him from a position of leadership. 1924 Lenin dies. Stalin out-maneuvers Trotsky and assumes full command of the USSR. 1927 Stalin expels Trotsky from the communist party. 1929 Trotsky is deported from Russia. 1928 Stalin announces the first Five Year Plan, an attempt to make Russia a modern industrial state.
Stalin exhorts his comrades throughout the Soviet Union to work harder, so that Soviet Russia can prosper as a beacon of hope to workers everywhere.
1933 Stalin proposes the second Five Year plan, which again emphasizes rapid growth of Soviet
industry. 1933 The United States formally recognizes USSR. 1934 The beginning of the Great Purges and show trials under Stalin, primarily carried out by
Stalins secret police forces. These public accusations and forced confessions were followed by quick trials and executions or imprisonment. Between 2-7 million people suspected of opposition to Stalin are executed; many more are sentenced to years of hard labor in the Gulags (Soviet labor camps).
1939 Stalin and Adolph Hitler sign German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact, a secret agreement which
carved Eastern Europe into German and Soviet spheres of influence.
Animal Farm by George Orwell Names and Terms to Know
Literary Terms: Adage: An old saying or proverb. Allegory: A story in which people, animals, things, and events have symbolic meaning. Allegories usually convey a moral message. Maxim: A concise rule of conduct. Tenet: A principle, doctrine, or belief held as a truth by a particular group. Fable: A short, simply written prose work that conveys a clear moral message about human emotions and human behavior. A fable is a type of allegory. Satire: A form of literature that uses ridicule to make people, ideas, and events look foolish. Satire often uses sarcasm and irony to force us to see our ignorance in a new light. Economic and Political Terms: Capitalism: An economic and political system in which a countrys trade and industry are controlled by private owners rather than by the state. Private ownership is motivated by profit, with the idea that if you work hard enough you can get ahead. Free enterprise. Socialism: A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. In Marxist theory, socialism is a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of communism. A socialist can also refer to a person who wants to change society.
Communism: A political theory derived from Karl Marx advocating class war (revolution) and leading