Language Arts I (6th grade and other students placed in this course)

Dear Rising 6th Graders,
This Summer you will read 3 books.

  1. ONE that I choose.
  2. ONE from the list below
  3. ONE of your choice
  4. ONE THAT I CHOOSE:
    See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
    We will have a quiz on this book when we get back to school, and do a in class activity.
  5. ONE FROM THE LIST:
    a. Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
    b. Before the Sword by Grace Lin
    c. George’s Secret Key to the Universe by Stephen and Lucy Hawking
    d. The Hobbit by JRR Toilken
  6. ONE OF YOUR CHOICE:
    It must be your grade level
    It must be a book you’ve never read before

PROJECTS (The first one we will do in school, the next two must be done over the summer)

ONE THAT I CHOOSE:
We will have a quiz on this book when we get back to school, and do an in class activity (make sure
you’ve read the book by then).
ONE FROM THE LIST:
Pick a main character from one of them. Write an essay on whether your character is static or
dynamic. How so? Why is it important to the book or to the reader?
Reminder:

STATIC means: character does not change throughout the story
DYNAMIC means: character does change throughout the story.
You essay should be 3 paragraphs long.
The 1st paragraph should introduce your book and character. Then it should state your idea and
purpose (ex: So and so is dynamic character because he/she….”).
You 2nd paragraph should explain with details and examples about your character’s change or lack of
change.
Your 3rd paragraph should be your conclusion. Restate the main idea of your essay, but this time, add
why you think it is important to the book or to the reader.

ONE OF YOUR CHOICE:
After reading one of these books, you should compose a friendly letter recommending (or not
recommending) this book to a friend.
Your letter should contain:
Salutation (followed by a comma)
Body (introductory paragraph, 1 paragraph with your reasons, and a concluding paragraph)
Closing and signature
Your letter should be neat, and your writing should exhibit correct spelling, capitalization, grammar,
paragraphing, and punctuation.
At the top of the page, you should write OMH (On My Honor) and sign your name. This means that
you are promising you did not lie, cheat, or steal (in other words, the work is your own; you did not
take anything from the internet, another person, or any other source). You must sign this honor code
pledge for all work at The Georgetown School.
Below you will find an example of a friendly letter with more information about your assignment.
Dear (put your friend’s name here),
The first paragraph of your letter should state your purpose for writing. You will give the name of the
book and the author in this paragraph. You will also want to give a brief overview of the story. You are
not trying to tell the whole story; two or three sentences explaining what the book is about will be
enough. Since the letter is a recommendation, you probably won’t want to give away the ending.
In the next paragraph, you will tell your friend why you are recommending (or not recommending) the
book. You must give at least 1 reason you want (or don’t want) your friend to read the book and at least
one, but preferably two, specific examples from the book to illustrate your point. For example, if you
think the story is funny, you should give two examples of funny things that happen in the book. As you
write, remember that the tone of a friendly letter is conversational.

Your last paragraph will be your conclusion. You will sum up the reasons you are recommending (or not
recommending) the book.

Sincerely,
(use your name here)

Language Arts II (7 th grade and other students placed in this course)
You will read 3 books and have a test on the first day of class. You may want to write some notes about
your book if you don’t think you will remember everything by the first day of school, or you could record
some notes on voice memos on a phone and listen to it before school starts. If you can’t find one of the
books in the library, email me. I have each of these books, and I can arrange for you to check one out for
2 weeks.

  1. Your first book will be a book of your choice. It must be a book on your reading level. You may not
    choose a book that has a movie version or a book that you have read before. You should not read an
    abridged version.
  2. Your second book will be The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton.
  3. Your third book will be I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
    (YOUNG READERS’ EDITION) by Malala Yousafzai and Patricia McCormick.
     If you have already read one of the books listed above, please email
    LCrosby@TheGeorgetownSchool.org for an alternate choice.

 

English I (8 th grade and others assigned to this course)

You will read all 3 books and have a test the first week of class. Students wishing to earn honors credit
will read a 4 th book and complete an assignment in August. You may want to write some notes about your
books if you don’t think you will remember everything by the first day of school, or you could record
some notes on voice memos on a phone and listen to it before school starts. If you can’t find one of the
books in the library, email me. I have each of these books, and I can arrange for you to check one out for
2 weeks.

  1. Your first book will be a book of your choice. It must be a book on your reading level. You may not
    choose a book that has a movie version or a book that you have read before. You should not read an
    abridged version.
  2. Your second book will be The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.
  3. Your third book will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
    Honors—in addition to the 3 books listed above, you will read The Lord of the Flies by William Golding.
     If you have already read one of the books listed above, please emailLCrosby@TheGeorgetownSchool.org for an alternate choice.