Summer Assignments » English



Incoming Grade6

Incoming Grade 7

Incoming Grade 8 

Flying Lessons and Other Stories: Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push


One book of their choice from the recommended list.

Flying Lessons and Other Stories: Sol Painting Inc.


A book of their choice from the recommended list.


Scholars Must ALSO Read: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Flying Lessons and Other Stories: The Beans and Rice Chronicles of Isaiah Dunn


A book of their choice from the recommended list.


Scholars Must ALSO Read: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Students must then complete either ONE (1) Menu "A" task OR TWO Menu "B" tasks for the book they chose from the recommended list.  

Each student will complete an assignment on a book they have read (NOT the Short Story).  


Scholars classes will complete the assignment on their required reading.


Academic classes will complete the assignment on the book they read from the recommended list.


Note: To further engage students, here is a Summer Author's Padlet  that tells the authors' stories and their inspirations for writing; it includes summaries and critiques of many of the recommended books.


Please note that assignment for Grade 7 and 8 12:1 students is different and appears below.

  • Students will receive a copy of the assignment in class with their username and password attached. 
  • If needed, students may make a copy to complete digitally or print to complete.
  • Each student is required to read 8 articles from our Achieve 3000 program.
  • All 12:1 ELA classrooms will remain open with an image of the class list and passwords, as well as the copy of the assignment,  just in case you need to refer to it over the summer.
  • Directions for - Achieve 3000 program/ assignment. 

    1) Log into

    2) Click Search, and Search articles of your interest (ex .dogs, shopping, football)

    4) Read each of 8 articles and then:

    • Complete a 5 W graphic organizer for each article (see template below).

      Article #1













12: 1 Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Reading List





Esperanza Rising

Pam Muñoz Ryan



Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! 

Falynn Koch




Jen Wang



The Crossover: Graphic Novel Adaptation 

Kwame Alexander



 Front Desk

Kelly Yang



The Season of Styx Malone

Kekla Magoon



 The Jumbies

Tracey Baptiste




Due Date: Please note that all English Summer Assignments will be due at the end of the first week of school, i.e., Friday, September 16, 2022, and will count as 2 (two) homework assignments toward the first marking period grade.

Also, Some Recommendations for 8th Grade Going Into HS...



Allegra Maud Goldman, Edith Konecky.  We follow the eponymous heroine of this novel from ages 3-13 as she grows up in Depression era Brooklyn and the Catskills. Allegra is a proto-feminist, sassy little Jewish girl who says what she thinks and often gets in trouble for it. 


Don’t look Behind You, Lois Duncan.  In one quick afternoon, April Carrigan’s life is turned upside down.  After finding out that her father is an undercover agent for the FBI, working against a drug ring.  They must now enter the witness protection program.


The Fault in Our Stars, John Greene.  This heart-wrenchingly beautiful novel about a teenage girl and boy who meet at a cancer support center has already won emotional accolades from readers and reviewers.


The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom gives us an astoundingly original story that will change everything you’ve ever thought about the afterlife — and the meaning of our lives here on earth. 


I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai.   When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.


I’ll Give You The Sun,  Jandy Nelson. A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah. 


Infinite in Between, Carolyn Mackler follows five teens (two outsiders, a popular girl, a boy exploring his sexuality, and the daughter of a movie star) from their first meeting at freshman orientation through to their high school graduation. For some, their paths will cross again in fleeting ways; for others, their lives will become bound together. 


JASPER JONES, Craig Silvey. Is a coming of age story about Charlie Bucktin, a bookish boy of 14. On the night that Jasper Jones, the town's mixed race outcast shows him the dead body of young Laura Wishart, Charlie's life is changed forever. 


The Last Book in the Universe, Rodman Philbrik This action-packed sci-fi story is told by Spaz, an outsider among outsiders.


Life of Pi, Yann Martel.  After the sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a wounded zebra, an orangutan—and a 450-pound royal Bengal tiger. 


The Lightning Thief , Rick Riordan.  2005 fantasy-adventure novel based on Greek mythology. It is the first novel in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series, which charts the adventures of modern-day twelve-year-old Percy Jackson as he discovers he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and the Greek god Poseidon. Percy and his friends Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood go on a quest to prevent a war between the gods Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades.


The Odyssey , Homer. Literature's grandest evocation of an everyman's journey through life. Odysseus' reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.


Sleeping Freshman Never lie, David Lubar. Starting high school is never easy. Scott decides high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual, so he begins to write down tips.


Stick Figure:  A Diary of My Former Self, Lori GottliebGottlieb’s thoughts on our image-conscious society, and her struggle with anorexia.


Stranger with My Face, Lois Duncan. Summer vacation evolves into one of suspense, horror, and unusual sightings.


Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?, Lorrie Moore.  A tender and lovely coming-of-age story about two 15-year-old best friends.  Berie and her beautiful best friend Sils spend the summer of 1972 working at a local theme park called Storyland in Upstate New York.  The story is framed by grown-up Berie taking stock of her adult life.



David Elliott




Rainbow Rowell



Here to Stay

Sara Farizan



The Marrow Thieves

Cherlie Dimaline



A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Ellen Oh, ed.



The Story of Owen

E. K. Johnston




Brittney Morris




Malinda Lo



Labyrinth Lost

Zoraida Cordova