Miscoe Hill School Mendon-Upton Regional Schools Mendon, MA



Miscoe Hill School Mendon-Upton Regional Schools Mendon, MA
Miscoe Hill School
Mendon-Upton Regional Schools
Mendon, MA
Summer Reading Assignment 2014
Grade 8 – pages 1, 4, 5, 6
Grade 7 – pages 2, 4, 5, 6
Grade 6 – pages 3, 4, 5, 6
Grade 5 – pages 7 - 11
Grades 5-8 Common Core
Suggested Reading Lists and Websites
pages 12-15
For a Summer Reading Challenge:
FYI - Scholastic.com has helpful
Parent and Student Pages with
Reading Lists and information
about the value of Summer Reading
Eighth Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2014
Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, MA
Required Summer Reading Assignment for All Incoming 8th Graders:
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
Overview: A heroic story of friendship and belonging
No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on
his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends—true friends who would do anything for
him, like Johnny and Two-Bit. And when it comes to the Socs—a vicious gang of rich kids who enjoy beating up on
"greasers" like him and his friends—he knows that he can count on them for trouble. But one night someone takes things
too far, and Ponyboy's world is turned upside down...
Choose one additional novel or the nonfiction book from the reading list
and complete the 8th grade graphic organizer for each (GO fiction format on page 4;
nonfiction recording sheet on page 6):
The Story of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim: Readers will travel back in time to
ancient Babylonia, Egypt, and Greece. They will meet the world's first astronomers, mathematicians, and physicists and
explore the lives and ideas of such famous people as Pythagoras, Archimedes, Brahmagupta, al-Khwarizmi, Fibonacci,
Ptolemy, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas Aquinas. Hakim will introduce them to Aristotle—one of the greatest philosophers
of all time—whose scientific ideas dominated much of the world for eighteen centuries.
Rumble Fish by S. E. Hinton:
Rusty-James is the top tough guy among junior high kids, but what he wants most of all is to
be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy, the toughest, most respected street fighter.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London:
Part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, Buck is a sturdy crossbreed canine
accustomed to a comfortable life as a family dog -- until he's seized from his pampered surroundings and shipped to Alaska to be a sled
dog. There, the forbidding landscape is as harsh as life itself during the gold rush of the 1890s.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne:
When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers
that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new
house far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. But Bruno longs to be an explorer and decides that there must be
more to this desolate new place than meets the eye. While exploring his new environment, he meets another boy whose life and
circumstances are very different to his own, and their meeting results in a friendship that has devastating consequences.
The Gone series by Michael Grant:
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears.
Everyone except for the
young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers.
But not a single adult.
No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too,
are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals
are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow
stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent. The first in a breathtaking saga about
teens battling each other and their darkest selves, Gone is a page-turning thriller that will make you look at the world in a whole new
***Spanish Immersion Summer Reading Assignment – 8th Grade 2014***
Spanish Immersion students should ALSO read the following novel and complete the GO on page 5:
“La Ciudad de las Bestias” by Isabel Allende: Alexander Cold, un joven de quince años está a punto de
embarcarse con su temeraria abuela, en el viaje de su vida. Una expedición de la International Geographic se
dirige hacia la remotas y peligrosas tierras salvajes de Suramérica para documentar al legendario Yeti del
Amazonas, más conocido como "La Bestia." Alex y su amiga Nadia descubrirán que el impenetrable mundo de la
selva tropical esconde mucho más de lo que jamás hubieran imaginado. Con la fuerza de sus dos animales
totémicos — el jaguar para Alexander, y el águila para Nadia — ambos jóvenes se embarcan en una apasionante
e inolvidable aventura que los lleva al descubrimiento de . . .
Seventh Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2014
Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, MA
Each incoming seventh-grader is required to read two books, one required, one your choice. Please complete a Graphic
Organizer on 8 ½ X 11 paper for each book (fiction format – page 4, non-fiction format – page 6). Graphic organizers
will be used as a reference for the summer reading project, which students will be working on for the first few weeks of
seventh grade English class. It would be helpful for students to purchase a copy of the required novel they will be using
for this project. Enjoy your reading! 7 Grade Literature Teachers
Choose ONE novel from the following list:
Fever 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson
In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance
and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
Wednesday Wars
Gary D. Schmidt
In this Newbery Honor-winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt offers an unforgettable antihero. The Wednesday Wars is a
wonderfully witty and compelling story about a teenage boy’s mishaps and adventures over the course of the 1967–68
school year in Long Island, New York.
Crispin and the Cross of Lead
Winner of the 2003 Newbery Medal, Avi's action-packed adventure, Crispin, transports us back to 14th-century England,
where a young serf on the run from his miserable past comes to discover not only his true identity but a sense of selfworth.
Before We Were Free
Julia Alvarez
From renowned author Julia Alvarez comes an unforgettable story about adolescence, perseverance, and one girl’s
struggle to be free. In the early 1960s in the Dominican Republic, twelve-year-old Anita learns that her family is involved
in the underground movement to end the bloody rule of the dictator, General Trujillo.
Choose ONE book from the following list of suggested non-fiction topics:
Countries Around the World (Europe, Africa, Asia, Central America, South America)
Life Science
Organs of the Body
Civil Rights Movement
Cold War
***Spanish Immersion Summer Reading Assignment – 7th Grade 2014***
Spanish Immersion students should ALSO read the following novel and complete the Go on page 5:
“Colibri” by Ann Cameron (available on Amazon)
Rosa tiene doce años y apenas recuerda el hogar donde vivió con sus padres antes de que la raptaran y la
arrancaran de los brazos de su madre cuando tenía cuatro años. Desde entonces, ha vivido con Tío, un hombre
que la hace mendigar y mentir y la mantiene a su lado porque una adivina le dijo que Rosa le haría rico. Una
novela magistralmente escrita que mantiene el suspenso hasta el sorprendente final.
Sixth Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2014
Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, MA
Each incoming sixth grader is required to read two books, one required, one your choice. Please complete a
graphic organizer (8 ½ x 11) for fiction books and a reflection sheet for nonfiction. (GO formats are on page 4
for fiction and page 6 for nonfiction.) Your literature teacher will have activities for you to complete when you
come back to school, and this organization of ideas will be helpful.
We encourage you to read additional materials of your choice throughout the summer.
***Please keep a list of other reading materials (novels, magazines, comics, etc.) this summer to share!***
The Grand Escape Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - Required reading for all incoming 6th graders
Overview: It's a scary world out there.
If only Marco hadn't read a newspaper article about a ranch and become determined to see one. If only Polo hadn't
found himself longing for the mother he barely remembered as a soft-warm-wiggle-purr-milk-tongue. Then the
two tabbies might have been content to remain pampered house cats forever. But when their owners leave a door
open, Marco and Polo can't resist the temptation to escape to the outside world.
Choose one
book from either of the following lists:
Author List
Scott O’Dell
Jane Yolan
Karen Hesse
Johanna Hurwitz
Gary Paulsen
Marguerite de Angeli
Mike Lupica
Lloyd Alexander
Kate DiCamillo
Andrew Clements
Jerry Spinelli
Madeleine L'Engle
Virginia Hamilton
Susan Cooper
Louisa May Alcott
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor - any of her other books (FYIThe Healing of Texas Jake is the sequel to The Grand Escape)
W. H. Armstrong
Edward Bloor
Sterling North
Lois Lowry
Betsy Byers
Eve Bunting
Lois Lowry
Gordon Korman
Sandra Cisneros
Rosemary Sutcliff
Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin (nonfiction)
Nonfiction Topics (suggested topics)
Ancient Civilizations/Archaeology (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome)
Earth Science
How To/How It Works
Natural Disasters (Jim Murphy)
***Spanish Immersion Summer Reading Assignment – 6th Grade 2014***
Spanish Immersion students should ALSO read the following novel and complete the GO on page 5:
Esperanza Renace by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Ortega tiene todos los tesoros que una chica pueda desear: hermosos vestidos, una linda casa llena de
sirvientes en México, y la promesa de que un día llegará a presidir el Rancho como su mamá. Pero una tragedia
inesperada destruye ese sueño, obligando a Esperanza y a su madre a escapar a California dónde tendrán que
trabajar en una finca junto a otros mexicanos. Allí tendrá que olvidar su pasado y enfrentarse a las nuevas
realidades de su vida: trabajo duro, aceptación y dificultades económicas. Esperanza descubrirá que la
verdadera riqueza está en la familia y la comunidad.
Happy Reading! : )
6 Grade Literature Teachers
Grades 6-8 Summer Reading Graphic Organizer Format for Fiction
Please create two categorizing graphic organizers, one for each novel chosen. Below is a sample
showing you how to get started with this assignment. Both organizers should be complete by the
first day of school.
Novel Title
Time and place that
the story takes place
Main characters in the
story and a word to
describe each of them
What is the main
problem in the story
that must be
What is the high
point of action in the
story? What is it
that you are waiting
for to happen?
How is the main
problem in the story
Español Inmersión 6, 7, 8 – 2014
Nombre: __________________________________________________Fecha: ____________________
Por favor, crea un organizador gráfico categorizado. Abajo hay un ejemplo que te muestra cómo iniciar este trabajo.
Título de la novela
Locación o ambiente
Tiempo y lugar(es) en
donde sucedieron los
Los más importantes
personajes en el relato y
una oración que describa
cada uno de ellos.
¿ Cuál es el principal
problema en el relato que
debe ser resuelto?
¿Cuál es el punto más
relevante (el punto
culminante) de la acción?
¿Qué es lo que tú estás
esperando que vaya a
¿Cómo se resolvió el
problema más importante
del relato?
Miscoe Hill School Grades 6-8
Summer Reading Nonfiction Reflection Sheet
Title: _______________________________________________________
Author: _____________________________________________________
Subject: _____________________________________________________
Please type or write ten facts you found interesting.
What made you choose this topic? Thoughtfully reflect about what you learned and its significance to
you, the community, the world.
Fifth Grade Summer Reading Assignment 2014
Miscoe Hill School, Mendon, MA
This summer you will be reading two books. You will choose a book written by one of the authors we have
listed below under the heading “fiction”. We have included the author’s website so that you will have a full
listing of their work. In addition, please choose a non-fiction book on one of the topics listed below under the
heading “non-fiction”. Your non-fiction book can be any format, but it does need to be a book. While you’re
reading, please use the note-keeping sheet provided (fiction, pages 8-9, nonfiction page 10). You will need to
have this at the start of the school year.
Dan Gutman http://www.dangutman.com/
Avi http://www.avi-writer.com/
Andrew Clements http://www.andrewclements.com/
Jean Craighead George http://www.jeancraigheadgeorge.com/
Jenny Nimmo http://www.jennynimmo.me.uk/
Sharon Creech www.sharoncreech.com/
Laurence Yep www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/yep.html Wendelin Van Draanen www.randomhouse.com/kids/vandraanen/
Judy Blume www.judyblume.com/
Louis Sachar www.louissachar.com/
American Revolution
Marie Curie
Albert Einstein
Ancient Civilizations
Ben Franklin
Isaac Newton
Any President
Colonial America
Paul Revere
Thomas Edison
***Spanish Immersion Summer Reading Assignment – 5th Grade 2014***
Spanish Immersion students should ALSO read the following novel
and complete the recording sheet on page 11:
TITLE: Jane Goodall (Spanish Version) (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers)
ISBN-13: 9781433344930
Jane Goodall tenía una pasión por aprender sobre animales. Lectores aprenderán sobre su vida aventurera entre
los chimpancés y otros primates en este cuento biográfico inspirador de no ficción, traducido al español.
Miscoe Hill School Fifth Grade
Note-keeping Sheet for Summer Reading
Use this paper to help you remember the story elements of your summer reading books.
These story elements include such things as characters and setting.
When you return to school in the fall, you will be asked to share your book with your class through
a project assigned by your teacher. The notes you write on this paper will help you remember what
the book was about and how you felt about it. There are no right or wrong answers, just your own ideas.
Please make sure you have this paper with you when you return to school.
Title: _______________________________________________________
Author: _____________________________________________________
Setting: _______________________
Most Important Characters:
(Circle the name of the one you think is the main character)
Who they are
What event happens to the main character to “kick off” the action in the story? (For example, the family moves
to a different town, or a hurricane comes, etc.)
How does the character feel about what happens?
What plans does the main character make?
How do these plans turn out?
How does the story end?
What part of this story surprised you? (or puzzled you),(or tickled you),(or saddened you),( or excited you)
Rate this book from poor (one star) to excellent (five stars). Color in the number of stars.
very good
Who would enjoy this book most (example: a sports fan in grades 4-6)
Miscoe Hill School Fifth Grade
Note-keeping Sheet for Summer Reading
Title: _______________________________________________________
Author: _____________________________________________________
Subject: _____________________________________________________
List five facts that you found interesting.
List any questions you still have after reading the book.
Nombre: __________________________________ Fecha:______________
TÍTULO: Jane Goodall
(Spanish Version) (TIME FOR KIDS Nonfiction Readers)
Título: ______________________________________________________________
Autor: ______________________________________________________________
Tema: ______________________________________________________________
Escribe cinco hechos que te hayan parecido interesantes.
Escribe cinco preguntas que aún tienes después de leer el libro.
For a complete Common Core Standards Recommended Reading List with sample performance tasks, visit:
Grades 4–5 Text Exemplars
Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden
Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. The Little Prince
Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting
Singer, Isaac Bashevis. “Zlateh the Goat.”
Hamilton, Virginia. M. C. Higgins, the Great
Erdrich, Louise. The Birchbark House
Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy
Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Blake, William. “The Echoing Green.”
Lazarus, Emma. “The New Colossus.”
Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. “Casey at the Bat.”
Dickinson, Emily. “A Bird Came Down the Walk.”
Sandburg, Carl. “Fog.”
Frost, Robert. “Dust of Snow.”
Dahl, Roald. “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.”
Nichols, Grace. “They Were My People.”
Mora, Pat. “Words Free As Confetti.”
Informational Texts
Berger, Melvin. Discovering Mars: The Amazing Story of the Red Planet
Carlisle, Madelyn Wood. Let’s Investigate Marvelously Meaningful Maps
Lauber, Patricia. Hurricanes: Earth’s Mightiest Storms
Otfinoski, Steve. The Kid’s Guide to Money: Earning It, Saving It, Spending It, Growing It, Sharing It
Wulffson, Don. Toys!: Amazing Stories Behind Some Great Inventions
Schleichert, Elizabeth. “Good Pet, Bad Pet.”
Kavash, E. Barrie. “Ancient Mound Builders.”
Koscielniak, Bruce. About Time: A First Look at Time and Clocks
Banting, Erinn. England the Land
Hakim, Joy. A History of US
Ruurs, Margriet. My Librarian Is a Camel: How Books Are Brought to Children Around the World
Simon, Seymour. Horses.
Montgomery, Sy. Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
Simon, Seymour. Volcanoes
Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Cutler, Nellie Gonzalez. “Kenya’s Long Dry Season.”
Hall, Leslie. “Seeing Eye to Eye.”
Ronan, Colin A. “Telescopes.”
Buckmaster, Henrietta. “Underground Railroad.”
Grades 6–8 Text Exemplars
Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time
Cooper, Susan. The Dark Is Rising
Yep, Laurence. Dragonwings
Hamilton, Virginia. “The People Could Fly”
Paterson, Katherine. The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
Cisneros, Sandra. “Eleven.”
Sutcliff, Rosemary. Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of the Iliad
Fletcher, Louise. Sorry, Wrong Number
Goodrich, Frances and Albert Hackett. The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Whitman, Walt. “O Captain! My Captain!”
Carroll, Lewis. “Jabberwocky.”
Navajo tradition. “Twelfth Song of Thunder.”
Dickinson, Emily. “The Railway Train.”
Yeats, William Butler. “The Song of Wandering Aengus.”
Frost, Robert. “The Road Not Taken.”
Sandburg, Carl. “Chicago.”
Hughes, Langston. “I, Too, Sing America.”
Neruda, Pablo. “The Book of Questions.”
Soto, Gary. “Oranges.”
Giovanni, Nikki. “A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long.”
Informational Texts: English Language Arts
Adams, John. “Letter on Thomas Jefferson.”
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave, Written by
Churchill, Winston. “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Address to Parliament on May 13th, 1940.”
Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad
Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Informational Texts: History/Social Studies
United States. Preamble and First Amendment to the United States Constitution. (1787, 1791)
Lord, Walter. A Night to Remember
Isaacson, Phillip. A Short Walk through the Pyramids and through the World of Art
Murphy, Jim. The Great Fire
Greenberg, Jan, and Sandra Jordan. Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist
Partridge, Elizabeth. This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
Monk, Linda R. Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution
Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects
Macaulay, David. Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction
Mackay, Donald. The Building of Manhattan
Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. The Number Devil:
A Mathematical Adventure
Peterson, Ivars and Nancy Henderson. Math Trek:
Adventures in the Math Zone
Katz, John. Geeks: How Two Lost Boys Rode the Internet out of Idaho
Petroski, Henry. “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag.”
“Geology.” U*X*L Encyclopedia of Science
“Space Probe.” Astronomy & Space: From the Big Bang to the Big Crunch
“Elementary Particles.” New Book of Popular Science
California Invasive Plant Council. Invasive Plant Inventory
MA Framework Suggested http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/ela/0111.pdf
Traditional literature
Grimm’s’ fairy tales
French fairy tales
Tales by Hans Christian Andersen
and Rudyard Kipling
Aesop’s fables
Greek, Roman, or Norse myths
Suggested Contemporary Authors and Illustrators
Suggested Authors in World Literature
Grades 5-8, in addition to the Pre-K-4 selections
Stories about
King Arthur, Robin Hood,
Beowulf and Grendel,
St. George and the Dragon
American Authors and Illustrators
Louisa May Alcott
Carol Ryrie Brink
Lloyd Alexander
Elizabeth Coatsworth
Isaac Asimov
Esther Forbes
Natalie Babbitt
Paula Fox
L. Frank Baum
Jean Craighead George
Nathaniel Benchley
Virginia Hamilton
Ray Bradbury
Bret Harte
British Authors and Illustrators
James Barrie
Charles Dickens
Lucy Boston
Arthur Conan Doyle
Frances Hodgson Burnett
Leon Garfield
Lewis Carroll
Kenneth Grahame
Carlo Collodi
Rudyard Kipling
Daniel Defoe
C. S. Lewis
Myths and legends of indigenous The Bible as literature:
peoples of North, Central and
Old Testament: Genesis, Ten
South America
American folktales and legends Psalms and Proverbs
Asian and African folktales
New Testament:
and legends
Sermon on the Mount, Parables
O. Henry
Washington Irving
Jack London
L.M. Montgomery
Sterling North
Scott O’Dell
Edgar Allan Poe
Howard Pyle
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Elizabeth Speare
Booth Tarkington
James Thurber
Mark Twain
E. B. White
N. C. Wyeth
George MacDonald
Edith Nesbit
Mary Norton
Philippa Pearce
Arthur Rackham
Anna Sewell
William Shakespeare
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Johanna Spyri
Robert Louis Stevenson
Jonathan Swift
Rosemary Sutcliff
J.R.R. Tolkien
T.H. White
British and American Poets
William Blake
John Ciardi
Langston Hughes
David McCord
Lewis Carroll
Rachel Field
Edward Lear
Ogden Nash
Stephen Vincent &
Robert Frost
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Richard Wilbur
Rosemarie Carr Benét
Selections for Grades PreK–8 have been reviewed by the editors of The Horn Book.

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