6-7_Summer_Reading_List 2018.pdf

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JW- 6th Grade into 7th Grade Summer Reading List 2018

At John Witherspoon Middle School, our readers benefit from the variety of fiction and nonfiction titles we offer during Reading Workshop in our English classes.  As we believe in and stress the importance of reading beyond the school year, we will be offering a few suggested titles that are developmentally appropriate for all of our students who share varied ability levels, learning styles and interests. Stephen Krashen, a linguist and leading researcher in reading, suggests that an often-overlooked method to improve reading is providing readers with a supply of interesting and accessible books by visiting local libraries and bookstores.  Research demonstrates that self-selected voluntary reading leads to the greatest gains in reading achievement. (Krashen, S. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2nd edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

As a result, we are offering ten fiction and ten nonfiction suggested titles at each grade level in our middle school as a reflective example of what students will find in each classroom library.  Students should bring a copy of their chosen text and expect to answer a variety of reader-response questions regarding their summer choices upon their return from vacation during the first full week of school.  Students can choose a book (not on this list) of comparable merit with parent permission.  One book is required to fulfill the assignment; we encourage students to read as many titles as they would like! 

Fiction Selections

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Calico Joe by John Grisham
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Dove Arising by Karen Bao
Hoops by Walter Dean Myers
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Nonfiction Selections

Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan Laflesche Picotte* by Jeri Chase Ferris
Hidden Figures (Young Reader’s Edition)* by Margot Lee Shetterly
Frozen in Time* by Mitchell Zuckoff
I am Malala (Young Readers Edition)* by Malala Yousafzai
Red Scarf Girl* by Ji-li Jiang
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story* by Caren Stelson
Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World’s Brightest Bird* by Pamela S. Turner
Elon Musk & the Quest for a Fantastic Future* by Ashlee Vance
Strong Inside (Young Readers Edition)* by Andrew Maraniss
Untold History of the United States (Young Reader’s Edition)* by Oliver Stone

*A variety of genres and non-fiction material constitute the scope of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, which aims to equip readers with the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of literacy.

(Students:  Return this completed paper to your English teacher during the first week of school.)


Dear Parents or Guardians: 

Please indicate below your approval of your child’s reading:


Title:______________________________ Author:_________________


Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________Date___________




Questions students can expect to see from their teachers upon their return from summer vacation:

For Narrative Reading...

  1. How does the conflict change the character?

  2. What is the author’s tone toward one of the characters in your book?

  3. What symbols are central in the book? How do they contribute to the theme or to the book as a whole?

For Nonfiction Reading...

  1. What do you think the author’s central idea is? What would you describe as the author’s purpose in writing the text?

  2. How does the author structure the book? Is it chronological (time order), general to specific, cause and effect, pros and cons…?

  3. Was there a specific passage that had a strong tone to it that revealed the author’s attitude toward a topic?

  4. Did the book make you more aware and knowledgeable about the particular issue? How did earlier opinions about the issue change after reading this book?