Students in 7th grade will choose two books to read from the selections below. The students will be assessed the first week back to school in the fall. Please scroll to the bottom of this document for assessment details.
The Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is
flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered
Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him
apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair—it will take all his know-
how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.
The Call of the Wild-Jack London
Kidnapped form his safe California home, thrown into a life-and-death struggle on the frozen Artic wilderness, half St. Bernard, half Shepard, Buck learns many hard lessons as a sled dog: the lesson of the leash, of the cold, of near-starvation and cruelty. And the greatest lesson he learns from his last owner, John Thornton: the power of love and loyalty.
Yet always, even at the side of the human he loves, Buck feels the pull in his bones, an urge to answer his wolf ancestors as they howl to him.
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come
down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
"Wild nights are my glory," the unearthly stranger told them. "I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract."
A tesseract (in case the reader doesn't know) is a wrinkle in time. To tell more would rob the reader of the enjoyment of Miss L'Engle's unusual book. A Wrinkle in Time, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, is the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O'Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg's father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
Summer reading beginning of the year assessments (7-8) 2016-2017
7th grade and 8th grade
Report Formats for Grades 7-8 7th and 8th English Summer Reading Book Assessments
The first Friday after school starts, the students will test on the summer reading book of their choice. The test on one of the books they chose will have objective questions such as character matching and multiple-choice and will also include discussion questions.
For the second book of choice, write a book report using the form below. The book report is due the first Friday after school starts.
IV. Main Characters: Two or three sentences telling who they are, and why they are important.
V. Plot: Summarize the plot, and explain what happens in the book. VI. Theme: What is the theme of the story?
VII. Briefly explain what you thought of the book.
VIII. Vocabulary: List twenty-five words that you did not already know and define them.