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Grade 8 Summer Reading

Glenbrook Middle School

Challenging and Supporting Every Student

June 2017

Dear Eighth Grade Students and Families:

Reading is one skill which benefits students across all disciplines.  In fact, reading is considered to be a “gateway skill,”  because it supports learning in all subjects.  But most importantly, reading allows a person to learn more about one’s self and the world.

Incoming 8th grade students are expected to complete summer reading for their ELA class.  Please refer to the overviews below for directions on book selection and required assignments.


Students are expected to read two books of their choice over the summer.  You may choose to read two fiction books or you may read one fiction and one non fiction book.  (One of your choices does need to be fiction.) If you did not read the fiction book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry, in 6th grade you need to read it as one of your two books.  (We will be reading the companion book to The Giver to start 8th grade and it will help to have read The Giver.)  The following links may help guide your book selection:

ELA Assignment

To help reflect on the books read during the summer, students will complete what is called a Fiction Feedback Form for one of the books that they read - your choice if both books were fiction.  This form will be used in 8th grade as part of our ELA class so this will give you an opportunity to get an advanced look at the form and become familiar with the questions and concepts on it.  Students should bring this completed form to class by the first full week of school.  (See Fiction Feedback Form attachment below.) 

Required Book for the 2017 - 2018 school year
Please buy Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry and have it with you on the first day of school.  PLEASE DO NOT READ IT OVER THE SUMMER.  This is the first book we will read together in the fall.

We are asking you to have a personal copy of the first book we will read in our English Language Arts class in order to do active reading with the book.  Active reading includes annotating (marking up) the book in order to understand more clearly what you are reading and be able to use parts of the book in your writing.  Annotating skills, including selecting quotations from a book and text coding what we read, are skills we will learn while we read this book.  That being said, if you need us to provide you with a copy of the book just let us know.


Ms. Young

8th Grade ELA

Pamela Novak,
Jun 13, 2017, 5:34 AM