Morey Summer Reading
Summer Reading Requirements for 2015
Change, Choice, and Coming-of-Age
Summer is a critical time for students as many can fall victim to the “summer slide.” By the time a student reaches middle school, the summer reading “slide” or loss has accumulated to a two-year lag in reading achievement. This accounts for as much as 85% of the reading achievement gap between lower-income students and their middle-and upper-income peers. We cannot afford to lose any of our students to these statistics, so that is why Summer Reading is an essential part of the Morey student experience.
Students may choose any two books off of any of the the three grade level lists!
Double Entry Diary
Students keep a double-entry diary for each book as they read. It is a great way for readers to interact with and connect with text. These diaries will be collected by your student's Language Arts teacher within one of the first weeks of school.
Students complete a choice book project on one of the books that they have read. This project will be collected by your student's Language Arts teacher within one of the first weeks of school.
Double Entry Diary
- Choose two books from the list of suggestions and read them. Students may choose to read from other grade lists as appropriate.
- Keep a double-entry diary for both books.
- Choose one additional book project for one of your book choices.
The Book Choices
· The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
· Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
· Drama by Raina Telgemeier
· Counting by 7s by Holly Sloan
· City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
· The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
· Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
· The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
· Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
· The Greatest by Walter Dean Myers
· Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin
· Bad Boy: A Memoir by Walter Dean Myers
· Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolf
· Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
· A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
· American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
· Countdown by Deborah Wiles
· Enders Game by Orson Scott Card #
· The Outsiders by SE Hinton
· The Giver by Lois Lowry
· Monster by Walter Dean Myers
· The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez
· Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer #
· Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore
· The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolotionist by Margarita Engle
· Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
· This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki #
· Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein #
· Revolution by Deborah Wiles
· Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson #
· The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
· The Book Thief by Mark Zusak
· The Curious Incident of the Dog at Nightime by Mark Hadden
· Ready Player One by Ernest Cline #
· Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer #
· Night by Eli Wiesel
# Some mature content/language
Double Entry Diary
2. Rap/Song: Convert the events of the story into a song or rap. Write the lyrics & music or adapt your lyrics to a melody written by someone else. Share the song with your group/whole class.
3. Movie Trailer: Imagine that the book is being made into a movie. Prepare & present a movie trailer that would make people want to watch it. Your script should be turned in as well.
4. Design a Game: Create a board game based on the story. Design the board, playing pieces, and questions. Write directions and make enough copies for your classmates to play the game.
5. Re-enactment: Convert a scene or chapter from the book into a script. Perform & tape the scene to show to your class. Your script will be turned in with your project as well.
6. Research Report: Imagine you are an investigative reporter. Choose an issue or topic covered in the book and write an investigative report on the topic for a newspaper or TV news program