Saint John Academy Summer Reading

For Rising 5th 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 5th Graders

  • You will need a writing journal (a leather journal that you can use over time).
  • Choose 2 books to read (Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 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).

The Magician’s Nephew by CS Lewis
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth Speare

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson



  • Poems
  • Read all four recommended poems, copy one into your journal and memorize one to recite at home and at school.

“A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Shiloh: A Requiem” by Herman Melville
“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
“The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats



  • Spiritual
  • Read the story of The Good Shepherd, Gospel: Luke 15: 1-7 and John 10: 1-18
  • Imagine you are a sheep or an animal or a wolf at night and the “Good Shepherd” goes out to look for you, describe the scene.



Look at N.C. Wyeth’s illustration of “The Good Shepherd” and Henry Ossawa Tanner’s “The Good Shepherd”, this will help you to visualize the good shepherd story. These images will also help you understand the story better. You may want to read through the scripture 2-3 times, referring to the pictures as you do. Quietly think about the images, what do they make you think of? How do they affect you?What do you think is the story the images are trying to convey?

Be sure to read what is required but also read books that you love!