- Summer Reading & Math for Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders
- Suggested Summer Reading Options
- Summer Math
- 8th Grade English 9 Summer Reading Assignment
As a middle school student in the West Bloomfield School District, your student is encouraged to engage in reading over the summer. Research shows that continual reading is a predictor of future academic success. Just 10-20 minutes a day of reading can make the difference between improving reading skills and falling behind. In order to promote daily reading, students are encouraged to participate in a summer library reading program. The kick off for the Summer Reading Program at the West Bloomfield Township Public Library is Saturday, June 13th. This reading program offers many incentives and prizes for reading for the whole family!
Since choice and self-selection are considered a better motivator for reading, students are allowed to choose what they read this summer. The list below offers some suggested books that are recommended for middle school students. The WBTPL will have copies of these books available for checkout when they reopen. Students also can access and choose eBooks to read through Sora (make sure to use your school Gmail account to login). Students are encouraged to choose books that are within their Lexile range; however, a Lexile score is not the only indicator when choosing a book. Lexile levels are merely a suggestion of the level of vocabulary and difficulty of the text. Interest in the novel topic can play a significant part in a student’s success with a book. Also, if you are willing to read the text with your student or listen to an audio version of the book, the Lexile level may not be an issue.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: 950L
Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster: 1000L
Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit: 830L
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson 680L
Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis: 620L
Shadow of the Dragon by Sherry Garland: 840L
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank: 1080L
So. B. It by Sarah Weeks: 860L
Eight Keys by Suzanne La Fleur: 590L
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli: 590L
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: 780L
Temple Grandin by Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin: 960L
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick: 1000L
The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings: 810L
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson: 950L
The Traitor’s Gate by Avi: 810L
Gossamer by Lois Lowry: 660
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements: 690L
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling: 880L
To Be a Slave by Julius Lester: 1080L
Heat by Mike Lupica: 940L
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt: 990L
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephardt: 660L
Ungifted by Gordon Korman: 730L
Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse: 690L
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals: 1000L
Maze Runner by James Dashner: 770L
Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis: 1000L
Models Don’t Eat Chocolate Cookies by Erin Dionne: 690L
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town by Kimberly Willis Holt: 700L
My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir by Samantha Abeel: 1050L
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls: 700L
If students continue to flex their mental math muscles over the summer, it will have a positive impact on how much math material they retain. Studies support the painful truth that students lose about two months of math ability over the summer months.
Each packet provides a set of review problems on a select number of math concepts and an answer key to check for understanding. There are 10 weeks of summer, so plan on 10-15 minutes of work per week for your student.
For parent support, you can go to www.cpm.org. This is the website for College Preparatory Mathematics, our middle school math instructional materials. Once at the website, select “Parent Guides,” select “Core Connections, Courses 1-3,” and then select the course number. Course 3 is 8th grade. Course 2 is 7th grade. Course 1 is 6th grade.
These packets are not required but are strongly recommended to support your students as they transition into the next grade level. Thank you for supporting your student this summer. We look forward to seeing you next year.
8th Grade English 9 Summer Reading Assignment
As your student gets ready to embark on his/her new journey at WBHS in the Fall, make sure he/she completes the first high school assignment. Check out the Summer Reading Assignment below for English 9 classes!