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Summer Reading Project Info

2013-2014 Middle School

Summer Reading Project

Dear Middle School Parents and Students:

We know you are looking forward to summer break and our hopes are that reading will play a part in your summer fun and relaxation time. At each of the Madison County middle schools, the staff and administration are working year round to help improve the literacy skills of each of our students. Research suggests that summer reading not only sustains reading skills among students, but it enhances overall reading abilities. The more students read, the stronger their vocabulary and reading comprehension becomes.

Although we encourage students to fill their summers with reading for enjoyment, we are requiring all middle school students to read ONE novel or book and complete a project and presentation. We believe this summer readingwill permit students to explore books which will encourage and promote more active reading enjoyment and comprehension.

Language Arts 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Reading Project Requirements:

1.
Choose ONE novel or non-fiction book (minimum 100 pages)
2.
Book MUST NOT be a book read previously as a class in elementary school.
3.
Complete ONE of the following book projects:

Poster

(scene, timeline, summary, ad, etc.)

May use poster board, presentation boards, edu. glogster, wordle

Book Review

Mobile

PowerPoint/Prezi Presentation

Digital Storytelling

(pictures/music—Windows Movie Maker, Photostory, etc.)

Song/Poem

Book Cube

Model

Video Presentation

(commercial, interview, scene, book trailer, xtranormal)

**Projects are due Monday, August 20, 2012.

4.
Presentation: Each student will complete a five minute presentation on his/her summer reading selection. Presentations should include the following information:

Novel

(if you read a book that told a story)

Non-Fiction

(if you read a fact-based book)

Characters
Setting
Plot
Conflict
Theme
Recommendation (Would you recommend this book to a friend?)
Topic
Background
Interesting Facts
Purpose (Why is this book important? What type of information does it provide?)
Overall concepts you learned from reading
Why did you choose this book?

**The book project and presentation will count as an assessment grade in language arts class.**

Where to check out novels/ books:

* Madison County Public Library

* Book Mobile

Where to purchase novels/books:

* Richmond: Hastings, Wal-mart, Harry’s Used Books

* Lexington: Joseph Beth Booksellers, Barnes and Noble

* Online: www.amazon.com provides new and used books at affordable prices.