RMS Summer Reading Assignment
How to “Read with a Purpose”
ALL incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are required to read one book from the Summer Reading List. Students will complete formative assessments, an essay, and/or a project related to their summer reading book during the first three weeks of school. The details and requirements of the projects will be distributed in class during the first week of the 2019-2020 school year. We recommend that students read their books in August. It is also helpful if students have a personal copy of the book (either paper or digital).
The Summer Reading Lists can be found in the following links: Incoming 6th Grade Students; Incoming 7th Grade Students; Incoming 8th Grade Students. Parents are encouraged to assist their child in choosing an appropriate book.
Choose one book from the list provided above. The lists can also be found on the RMS Library website. Carefully read the book prior to the beginning of the school year, making annotations you think will be helpful to ensure that you have a good understanding of:
- the setting
- the point of view
- the central conflict
- the traits and motivations of major characters
- a plot diagram
- major themes
Parents & Guardians:
Annotating the text means “having a conversation” with the words on the page. We encourage students to write in the margins of the book (or use sticky notes if checked out from the library) by asking questions (ex: “Why does the author use this word?”; “ Why does the character make this comment?”; “Does this quote tell me more about the theme or central message of the story?”, etc.), making comments (ex: “I don’t think this is true.”; “I remember feeling this way once.”; “I like this quote”, etc.), and/or drawing attention to important passages by placing a star next to it or boxing words that seem important. Students may access annotations here: example 1, example 2, example 3, and example 4.
If your child needs guidance in understanding the terms listed above, please use literarydevices.net for the correct terminology. At the end of every definition, examples are listed and, more importantly, the function of each term is analyzed. The function of the devices within a work and how they impact the characters, conflict, setting, symbols, and theme is what we want the students to start thinking about.
In-district transfer students will be held to the above expectations and requirements.
Out of district Pre-AP transfer students will be given the first three weeks of school to complete the assignment.
Out of district transfer students not enrolled in a Pre-AP course will be encouraged but not required to complete the summer reading assignment.
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