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Summer Homework Assignments
Required Kellogg Summer Reading Assignment
For students entering Advanced English 7
Wonder by R. J. Palacio
A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
Petey, by Ben Mikaelsen
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
What are some examples of things the characters in the book have done to change their world? How might these ideas tie in with your world and the people in it?
A complete assignment will include five journal entries, which can be typed or neatly handwritten with a complete school heading (first and last names, subject and date). Each entry should be written as a paragraph, including a quote from the novel that supports your ideas cited with a page number.
These journal entries will serve as the pre-write for the first essay you will write in English class after school starts.
Assignment Due: First day of 7th grade
Kellogg Summer Reading Assignment
For students entering Advanced English 8
Assignment Due: First day of 8th grade; Wednesday September 7, 2016
1. Select one of the books from the following list to read during the summer. These books are available at The King County Public Library or you may purchase a copy if you’d like.
❖ Buried Onions, by Gary Soto
❖ Farewell to Manzanar, by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
❖ Across Five Aprils, by Irene Hunt
❖ I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb OR I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition), by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick (If the book about Malala is your choice either version is acceptable.)
2. While reading the book, complete a total of five journal entries, dividing the book into five sections and writing an entry for each of those sections as you read. Your journal entries will therefore cover the entire book by the time you are finished. Each entry will be about a specific aspect of literary analysis. Depending on the entry, you may find that by the time you finish the book your responses have changed – which is fine; your journal entries are meant to show your thoughts at different points while reading the book. Each of the five journal entries should be organized in this way:
• Include the title and author of your book
• Include the date of each entry and the page numbers each entry is responding to (one fifth of the book for each)
• Write at least one complete and detailed paragraph for each entry (7-10 sentences)
• Include at least one direct quote from the text that connects to the writing. Include the page number from where you found the quote.
3. Below are five prompts for your journal entries. Each one will be used once.
• Discuss a main character. Compare him/her to yourself or to other characters you’ve read about in another novel. Point out similarities and try to account for differences. What is your reaction to this character?
• Compare an event in the novel with a situation in your own life OR one that is reflected in today's world. Similarities? Differences? What is your reaction to this event? Did you learn anything new?
• Express your opinion regarding a character's actions, values, or behaviors. Why do you agree or disagree? Why is the character responding this way? What would you suggest to the character as a better response?
• Discuss one of the main themes of the novel (the message or lesson from the novel that relates to the reader in some way). Describe how it is shown and the affect it has on the characters.
• Discuss the most interesting conflict in the story. Is it a conflict that one character is dealing with internally? Or, does it affect multiple characters? How does this problem or issue force characters to act?
A complete assignment will include five journal entries, which can be typed or neatly handwritten with a complete school heading (first and last names, subject and date). Each entry should be written as a paragraph; including a topic sentence, a quote from the novel cited with a page number that supports your ideas, and commentary explaining your thoughts.
These journal entries will serve as the pre-write for the first essay you will write in English class after school starts. If you read the book early in the summer it will be helpful to review the book before school starts if possible.
Assignment DUE: First day of 8th grade, September 7, 2016
If you have any questions you can contact one of the Advanced English 8 teachers:
Ms. Jarvis; email@example.com
Ms. Petersen; firstname.lastname@example.org
Adv. English 7
Welcome back to school! I am looking forward to a fantastic school year and to getting to know the class of 2022!
Please see Canvas and Google Classroom page for information about your homework.
8th Grade LEADERSHIP STUDENTS: Please plan on meeting in the gym between 8 and 8:15 on the first day of school. Please remember to bring your lunch!