Middle School Summer Reading

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SIXTH GRADE SUMMER READING

I am very excited about our reading class this fall J  Our summer reading book this year is Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.  Each student will need to read the book in its entirety while doing the written work that goes along with it.  The questions are meant to have each student recall some basic parts of the book as well as draw conclusions and think deeply about the book.  Students will also need to have a Bible available for part of the assignment.  I suggest that you find a Bible that is easy for your child to read and understand.  NIV, ESV, NASB, and TLB are just a few of the translations that seem to be particularly easy for our middle school students to understand. 

Some students may find using an audio book (while following along in the actual text) helpful.  Spark notes and cliff notes may also be helpful, but they are not a substitute for reading the book itself. 

On the first day of school, students should bring the book, the completed questions and their Bibles with the verses marked for easy reference.  We will be talking about the book in more detail the first couple of weeks of school.  It will be helpful if each student has a copy of the book to bring to school, as we’ll be using this in class.  You should be able to locate the book at any book store or at an online retailer such as Amazon.  Even used bookstores will often carry this book.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at llca.lauraA@lindsaylane.org.

                                                                           Laura R. Aquila

Study Questions for Tuck Everlasting

Required summer reading for rising sixth graders at LLCA

Due on the first day of school

Answer each question  in a notebook/reading journal OR ‘edit’ this document to include space to answer each question.  Please  bring the questions, answers and  copy of Tuck Everlasting to class on the first day.

Tuck Everlasting  prologue and Chapters 1-8

Recall and Interpret

  1. Briefly describe the Fosters’ house and yard.How do they reflect the Fosters’ personality?

  2. What does Mr. Tuck dream?What does the dream suggest about Mr. Tuck’s attitude toward his life?

  3. What draws Winnie to the woods?What is Jesse Tuck doing when Winnie first sees him?What does she think of Jesse?

Evaluate and Connect

  1.  Who overhears the Tucks’ secret?How do the actions of this character create suspense or tension in the plot?

Tuck Everlasting Chapters 9-20

Recall and Interpret

  1.  Compare and contrast the Tucks’ house and way of life with the Fosters’ house and way of life.Which does Winnie seem to prefer?Why?

  2. When Mr. Tuck takes Winnie rowing, what does he talk about?How does he feel about living forever?How does Winnie respond to what he says?

  3. At the Tucks’ house, what plan does the man in the yellow suit announce?Why, do you think, Mae Tuck hit him?How does this scene mark a turning point for Winnie?

Evaluate and Connect

  1.  How does Winnie’s talk with Miles when they go fishing relate to her earlier talk with Angus?

Tuck Everlasting Chapters 21-26 and the Epilogue

Recall and Interpret

  1.  What plan does Miles have to free Mae from jail?

  2. What does Winnie do with the bottle of spring water Jessie gave her?

Evaluate and Connect

  1. In the Epilogue what parts of the description suggest the passage of time?Why does Tuck say “good girl” when he sees Winnie’s gravestone?

  2. Tuck moves a toad out of harm’s way as he and Mae leave Treegap.What do you make of this incident?

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Before you read….

Focus question—Recall a time when you felt restless, in a hurry to be older or unhappy with an aspect of life.  Why might it be important to appreciate each moment and stage of your life?

Background

This selection from the Bible gives you an understanding about the delicate balance of human life on earth.

Responding to the Reading

  1. According to verse 1, for what are there proper seasons ortimes?

  2. What are two pairs of “times” mentioned in verses 2-8?

Making Connections

In Tuck Everlasting  the Tuck family goes to great lengths to keep people from finding the spring that gives eternal life on earth.  In what way are their concerns about the spring supported or explained by these Bible verses?

Your Review of the Book

Write a paragraph telling me what you liked and disliked about the book.  Be sure to tell me if you would recommend this book to a friend and why you would or would not do so.  A paragraph should be at least five good sentences.

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SUMMER READING FOR RISING SEVENTH GRADERS

Please select one person from the list.  You will then need to find a biography about this person.  Before the first day of school, you will need to read the whole book and write a short summary of each chapter or section of the book.  This summary may be in paragraph form or in bullet point form; handwritten or typed.   You will need to bring the book and and your notes on the first day of school.

We may be using this information to assist in working on a research paper during the first quarter of school.  Please choose your person to read about from the list below:

  1. George Washington Carver

  2. Dietrich Bonheoffer

  3. Mark Twain

  4. Ronald Reagan

  5. Galileo Galilea

  6. Leonardo DaVinci

  7. Jonathan Edwards

  8. Lou Gehrig

  9. Theodore Roosevelt

  10. John Bunyan

  11. C. S. Lewis

  12. Walter Peyton

  13. Tom Landry

  14. Billy Graham

  15. General Robert E. Lee

  16. Ulysses S. Grant

  17. Thomas Jefferson

  18. Watchman Nee

  19. Jim Elliot

  20. James Langston Hughes

  21. Eric Liddell

  22. Pablo Picasso

  23. Ludwig von Beethoven

  24. Cesar Chavez  

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SUMMER READING FOR RISING EIGHTH GRADERS

  1. Joan of Arc

  2. Abigail Adams (wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams)

  3. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

  4. Fanny Crosby

  5. Princess Diana

  6. Clara Barton

  7. Wilma Rudolph

  8. Annie Oakley

  9. Mother Theresa

  10. Sojourner Truth

  11. Anne Frank

  12. Harriet Tubman
  13. Ruth Bell Graham

  14. Elizabeth I

  15. Anne Sullivan

  16. Eleanor Roosevelt

  17. Gladys Alyward

  18. Grandma Moses

  19. Amy Carmichael

  20. Marie Curie

  21. Condoleeza Rice

  22. Corrie Ten Boone

Please select one person from the list.  You will then need to find a biography about this person.   Before the first day of school, you will need to read the whole book and write a short summary of each chapter or section of the book.  This summary may be in paragraph form or in bullet point form; handwritten or typed.   You will need to bring the book and your notes on the first day of school..

We may be using this information to assist in working on a research paper during the first quarter of school.  Please choose your person to read about from the list below: