Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 8th Graders

Greetings Parents and Students

Dear Parents,

The books, stories and poems have been carefully selected to foster an enjoyable and thoughtful reading experience. Enjoy this special time with your child. These assignments are meant to be enriching and meaningful. Be sure to balance the assignments with lots of fun, enjoyable time outside with family and friends.


Best to you and your family.


Mrs. Karen Tessier

Assistant Head Master

Saint John Academy

Core Elements for Rising 8th Graders

  • You will need a writing journal (a leather journal that you may reuse over time).
  • Read 2 books, ( Call of the Wild by Jack London is the mandatory read, and you may choose 1 other book from the list).

  • You are encouraged to read as many as you like.

  • For each book draw a picture of something interesting or an image that reminds you of what you read. Think about the characters, the setting and the sequence of events as your draw. Sketch the picture and then color it.
  • Write a 1-2 paragraph(s) describing each picture inside of your journal (pictures may be drawn and placed inside journal if you would like).

Rabble in Arms by Kenneth Robertson

1776 by David McCullough (History, Non-fiction)

Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley (History, Non-fiction)

The Long Walk by Sławomir Rawicz (Autobiography)

The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin (Fantasy/Fiction

Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (Historical Fiction)

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (Science Fiction)

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Satire/Fantasy)

The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Two Towers, by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Return of the King, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls

The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Time Machine, by H. G. Wells

The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens


  • Poems

Read all four recommended poems, copy one, memorize one and recite one at home and in school.

“Digging” by Seamus Heaney

“God’s Grandeur” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Mending Wall” by Robert Frost

“Musée des Beaux Arts” by W.H. Auden


  • Spiritual
  • Read the Gospel:

Gospel:

Nicodemus John 3: 1-21 and John 19: 25-42


Mary Magdalene and the Resurrection John 20:1-18


Please use H.O. Tanner’s illustration for the Nicodemus story to help you visualize the Gospel story and Tanner’s "The Three Mary’s". Also view the Appearance of Jesus Christ to Maria Magdelena; "Noli Me Tangere" by Alexander Ivanov, 1835.


These pictures to help you visualize the Gospel scenes. Choose one of the Gospel passages to narrate and retell the narrative in your own words into your journal. Write a paragraph about the other Gospel passage imaging you are a servant or creature observing what is going on. Describe what you see and hear around you. What are others in the Gospel story doing or observing in the passage.

Use these pictures to help you visualize the Gospel scenes. Choose one of the Gospel passages to narrate and retell the narrative in your own words into your journal. Write a paragraph about the other Gospel passage imaging you are a servant or creature observing what is going on. Describe what you see and hear around you. What are others in the Gospel story doing or observing in the passage.

Be sure to read what is required but also read what you LOVE

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