Incoming 8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2013
As part of your preparation for eighth grade, we are requiring that you read four books during the summer. For your four books, you will need to complete a Student Book Review form (except for the religion reading). These forms will help prompt you for the AR Quiz that you will take within the first weeks of school.
Feel free to read more than the required books as well as any additional books of your choice. Students will be able to take AR tests to receive credit for their reading.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
Religion reading requirement:
Where the Red Fern Grows (4.0) by Wilson Rawls
Heaven is for Real (6.3) by Todd Burpo
CHOOSE ONE BOOK FROM THE FOLLOWING
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
Summer Reading & Project
Providence is God’s plan for and protection of all creation. After reading either Where the Red Fern Grows or Heaven is for Real, you will create a journal, power point presentation, or scrapbook that depicts five events demonstrating providence from your book choice. Details are listed below. You will also be required to take an AR test on your book during the first week of school.
JOURNAL – You may write or type 5 journal entries from your main character’s point of view. Each entry must explain a different example of providence from the book. Be detailed and explain how the main character felt about the events. Each journal entry should be about 250 words in length (1 page). You may include artwork in the journal, but you still need a full page of writing to earn full credit.
SCRAPBOOK – You may create a scrapbook featuring 5 events or examples of providence from your main character’s story ( one event for each page). Each page must have picture(s) which details an act of providence from the book. Your pictures may be original art, actual photos staged by you, or elaborate clip art. Every page needs at least one paragraph (5 sentences long). The caption should explain the event portrayed and how providence had an effect on the main character’s life.
POWER POINT – You may create a power point presentation featuring 5 slides (6 if including a title slide/cover slide). Five slides should accurately depict with words and pictures five different events/examples of providence from your book selection. Every slide needs at least one paragraph (5 sentences long). Captions should explain the event portrayed and how providence had an effect on the main character’s life.
Neatness and Presentation = 10 points.
-Journal, scrapbook, power point presented in a new folder or folder format?
-Everything labeled with the student’s name?
-Cut even edges/organized properly(powerpoint)
-Items neatly presented, neatly glued-no smudges, smears, etc.
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PAGE REQUIREMENTS (5 pages at 15 points each) = 75 points
-Is event titled?
-Minimum page requirements met? Scrapbooks-pictures with captions – 5 sentences: Journals – one
Page (250 words for each of 5 pages) : Power point – 5-6 slides, paragraphs + captions.
-Caption/writing explains events well.
-Student explains how events effect main character’s life.
-Artwork enhances student writing.
NOTE: Each page/slide must chronicle a different event in main character’s life to receive credit.
GRAMMAR = 15 points
Bonus for original artwork, BUT it must be substantial, not just an item or two = 5 points.
TOTAL = 105 points – counts as one test grade.