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Middle School Summer Reading (2024): Rising 8th Grade

Required Rising 8th Grade Summer Reading 2024

When you have completed all parts of the summer reading assignment, email your responses to:

  • Name your document: First Name Last name Summer Reading 2024 (for example, John Smith Summer Reading 2024)
  • Give your email the subject line: Summer Reading 2024
  • Send your completed work by Wednesday, August 21st
  • Remember to attach your response document
  • Your reading responses will be your first grade in English 8
  • Remember to bring a physical copy (not an ebook or audiobook) of the following books to your first English class of the year:
    • Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz
    • Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
    • When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
    • Your favorite choice independent reading book

Book 1: Required 8th Grade Summer Read

Book 1: Up from the Sea by Leza Lowitz

Part 1: Annotate (mark up) the text.
As you read the required summer reading book, Up from the Sea, your humanities teachers would like you to engage with the story by annotating and responding to it. While reading, put a square around new characters, underline new settings, and circle strong or new vocabulary words. Put a star next to strong quotes and plot events that stand out to you about Kai’s experience.

Note: no writing is required for Part 1; just active reading with a pen.

Part 2: Respond to Up from the Sea in writing

List the 8-10 most important events (plot points) throughout Up from the Sea. Make sure your list of events is in chronological order. Note: Your list does NOT need to be in complete sentences.

Choose three quotes from Up from the Sea that are most striking to you.
○ Use your annotations to choose three quotes from the novel: one from the beginning, one from the middle, and one from the end.
○ In your Google or Word Document, write each quote down along with the page number.
○ Then, respond to each quote in your own words by explaining why you think it is important or what it reveals about Kai’s journey.

Book 2: Required 8th Grade Summer Read

Summer Reading Assignment Part 3: Compare Up From the Sea with Ground Zero. After you have read both texts, respond to the following writing prompt in your Google or Word Document:

What similarities do you see between Kai’s experience in Up From The Sea and the main characters’ Brandon and Reshmina’s experiences in Ground Zero?

Your comparative response should be between 300 - 600 words, directly answering the question and including specific details from both texts. Please write in an academic tone and proofread your work.

Book 3: All Middle School Read

Book 3: When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

Read When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller. After you read, answer the following prompts (copy and paste the prompt into your document) using one to three sentences.

Good readers make connections.

  1. A connection between the book and myself is ...
  2. A connection between this book and something else I’ve read is ...
  3. A connection between this book and the world (a historical or current event) is ...

Good readers ask questions.

  1. Why? (What questions do you have after reading When You Trap a Tiger?)
  2. I wonder? (What do you wonder now that you have read When You Trap a Tiger?)

Good readers visualize the text.

  1. Pick an important scene from the book and draw it on the back of your paper. Write the page number from your setting on your picture and two to four sentences about your scene. Please take a photo of your work and include it in your email.

Book 4: Choice Independent Reading

Choose as many independent reading books as you like this summer!

Print the prepared sheet below to keep track of the choice books you read this summer.

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