Morey Summer Reading

Summer Reading Requirements for 2015

Change, Choice, and Coming-of-Age

Middle School is a big step in every student's life and our summer reading explores what this looks like in a diverse and variety of different ways. It is our hope that students will see themselves in the choices presented and enjoy the 2015 theme of "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.

The Requirements

  • 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

6th Grade

Verse Novels

· The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

· Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Graphic Novels

· 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

7th Grade

Verse Novels

· Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolf

· Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill

Graphic Novels

· 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

8th Grade

Verse Novel

· The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolotionist by Margarita Engle

Graphic Novels

· 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

While you read, keep a double entry diary like the one below. Capture any quotes that you can connect to on the left side and write what questions/reactions/predictions that are brought up for you on the right.
Big image

Project Options!

1. Write a sequel: Write the first chapter of a sequel to the story you read. This should be at least three pages, typed, and demonstrate story elements, especially character development and dialogue.

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