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2018 - Required MS Summer Reading

Why Summer Reading?

One of the goals of summer independent reading at Northland Christian School is to create for students an opportunity to make reading a rich, positive, and enjoyable experience. To achieve this goal, students must first get into – or not fall away from – the habit of reading. We believe students should be encouraged to follow the interests and passions they have developed over the course of their lives. In addition, they should be encouraged to read widely, both to explore new territory and to encounter minds and worlds they might not otherwise have sought out on their own. 

Research Findings: Stephen Krashen (2004) reviews research on reading going back over 100 years. He reports that in study after study the research is consistent on one thing: when students are engaged in free voluntary reading—that is, when they have choice over the material they select—the benefits are profound. He concludes that such students will “acquire a large vocabulary, develop the ability to understand and use complex grammatical constructions, develop a good writing style, and become good (but not necessarily perfect) spellers.” 

Benefits: In addition, “their reading comprehension will improve, and they will find difficult, academic ­style texts more comprehensible. Their writing style will improve, and they will be better able to write prose in a style that is acceptable to schools, business, and the scientific community” (Krashen, The Power of Reading, Greenwood Publishing). Perhaps most importantly, these benefits accrue to students no matter what reading material they select. The significant variable is their development of the habit of reading – it becomes a natural rather than an alien activity for them to pick up and read a book, magazine, or journal. If this habit develops, there is a far greater likelihood that students will associate reading with pleasure rather simply with academic obligation. 

To develop the habit of reading, and keeping in mind Krashen’s injunction that “reading about things that matter to us is the cause of literature language development,” all students in the middle and high school are expected to read a minimum of three hours per week – approximately 30 to 40 minutes per day. We encourage students to widen the range of their reading to include, for example, biography, short stories, nature writing, history, or poetry.

Middle School Directions

Students will read the assigned book(s) for their grade level and complete the summer reading assignment. Completed assignments should be brought back the first week of school in August. 

MS Summer Reading Guide (PDF)

For students entering 6th grade:

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea  

For students entering 7th grade:

  • The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

Additionally, students who signed up for Advanced English should choose ONE book from the following list to read:

  • The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood
  • Masterminds by Gordon Korman
  • Fast Break by Mike Lupica
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

For all students entering 8th grade:

  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Additionally, students who signed up for Advanced English should choose ONE book from the following list to read:

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Crash by Jerry Spinelli
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