Our middle school students are required to read one book over the summer. Since ARMS expects each student to read between 10 and 15 books each year, the summer reading program gets them started.
Students will complete 3 different journal entries, of their choice, from the list below.
Summer reading will be collected the first week of the new school year and YES, it does count!
Suggested authors are listed on the back, but of course, if the student and his or her parent wish, the student may choose a book by another author.
Enjoy your summer and don’t forget…READING IS FUN!
Each of the 3 entries should be approximately 100 words in length. What is essential is that time is taken to write thoughtful responses. This should be an opportunity to reflect on what was read. Please do NOT summarize. Remember to complete “3” different entries for your book!
Put yourself in the character’s shoes at a particular moment and consider how you would feel or what you would do.
Write about a connection between a moment from the book and a moment from another book, a movie, or your life.
Write about a connection between two moments from the book.
Consider how the setting affects the mood of the story.
Make an observation about the way the author wrote the book (point of view) and speculate about why he/she made the choice you observe.
Explain how a character has changed over the course of the novel.
Compare two characters – after considering their similar traits and backgrounds, explain how they are also different.
Choose a scene from the book where a character had to make a decision. Explain how that decision impacted the story or character.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Joan W Blos
Lori M Carlson
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Jean Craighead George
Kimberly Willis Holt
Jackie French Koller
Gail Carson Levine
C S Lewis
Norma Fox Mazer
Walter Dean Myers
Joan Lowry Nixon
Naomi Shihab Nye
Joyce Carol Oates
J K Rowling
Judith Bau Stamper
Virginia Euwer Wolff