2014-15 Summer Reading
For the ACCJSH Summer Reading Program students have chosen from among several different titles at each grade level. After listening to book talks, students selected their top choices.
During the summer of 2014, students are expected to read their selected summer reading book. The day they return to school in August, they will be expected to have completed one of the summer reading activities of their choice (see below a sample of some of the choices available. Students received a copy of their individual teacher’s expectations upon receiving the summer reading book). Students should bring their completed activity with them on the first day of school. The summer reading activity will be the first assignment of the 2014-15 school year.
A sampling of the summer reading activity options are listed below:
- Collage: On a full sheet of poster board, make a collage that represents a theme, a character, or an event in the story (or some combination of these). The collage should have attached to it a typed explanation of the theme, character, or event that you have visually presented in your collage justifying the selection of images you included and how they are connected to the novel.
- Novel Soundtrack: Make a CD of at least 5 songs that represent themes, characters, and/or events in the story. Make a cover for the CD. Then, attach to it a typed explanation of the relationship between each song and the novel (one paragraph per song). It should be evident from your explanations that you have read and fully understand the novel and are able to connect its themes, characters, and events to your selected song lyrics.
- Poetry 1: Write at least three short poems or one long poem, in the form of your choosing, about the story, a theme from the story, or one or more of the characters. The poem can be told from a narrator of your own creation, or it can be told from the perspective of one of the characters. Attach to it a typed explanation of how your poems are connected to the story. You will be required to read to the class at least one of the poems (20 lines per short poem/ 50+ lines for the long poem).
- Poetry 2: Find a poem that shares a theme with your novel. Memorize the poem. Perform the poem in front of the class with the appropriate tone and expression. Then write and type an explanation of how the poem is connected to the book. Recitation dates will be discussed upon our return to school.
- Book Jacket: Design a book jacket that includes images based on your interpretation of the important themes, symbols, characters and events from the novel. The book jacket must cover a full sheet of poster board (you may fold it in half to give the impression of a front and a back of the book jacket) and must carry a look of professionalism. Write and type a justification of your selection and implementation of each part of your new book cover. Your paper should include well-written paragraphs that specifically address how and why each image is employed.
- OPEN: Come up with an idea that allows you to create something new (piece of writing, artwork, media) and requires about the same amount of work as the projects above. Then get teacher permission to do it before you begin. You may email your teacher to get permission: email@example.com
All of the summer reading activities seek evidence that the student has read the book and that they understand its message(s), theme(s), and plot.
- All written work should include well-written paragraphs that specifically address the chosen topic and must be written in MLA format (one- inch margins, double spaced with no extra space between paragraphs, heading on the left, no larger than 12 pt. font).
- Everyone will give a short presentation of his/her project (not all presentations will be given on the first day).