Summer Reading 2006
St. John, summer reading is an important part of our curriculum.
This booklet includes required and suggested summer reading. It is
organized by grades. Please check for required titles and be sure
to complete assignments before the school year
summer reading assignments are available on the school website under the
student info tab.
Tips for Success with Summer Reading
your child's grade for the 2006-2007school year:
of reading aloud to your children as supplying essential brain food.
Fifteen minutes a day, five days a week for a year adds up to 3900
minutes a year. Each minute adds food to your child�s brain.
No school, no matter how wonderful, can replace those minutes.
First-grade teachers know within the first three days of school which
children in their class have arrived with the brain food to be
successful in elementary school. This does not mean that children
are reading on their own but that they are ready to learn to read.
ENTERING PRE-KINDERGARTEN: Please draw a picture from one of the
books you read over the summer and bring it the first day of school!
early childhood teachers suggest these authors who may be counted on for
Titles and Authors
Please read aloud to your child each day.
Read everything-books, signs, the newspaper, boxes in the grocery store, billboards, etc. Keep it light; make it fun. The goal is for your child to make a connection between written words and sounds. As your child listens to you, he or she will begin to recognize a wealth of language.
Kindergarten teacher suggests:
For specific suggestions consult your public library or www.readingrockets.org.
first grade students and a parent are encouraged to join in the St. John
1st grade Summer Book Club. Information will be mailed home over the
summer by homeroom mothers.
The following authors are suggested as great reads and their titles will be used in the summer book club.
reading requirement is in two parts:
The book banner pattern and graph sheet may be found on the St. John website as well as in the 2nd grade summer packet.
Required Reading (3):
Read at least one of the books from the following list:
1. Write an original ghost story based on what you learned about ghost stories from Ghost in Room 11. You must set your story either in a school or at a summer camp.
2. Illustrate one of your favorite scenes from either Crossing Jordan or In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. Be sure to include the title, author and your name on the back of your illustration.
3. Write a
new ending to either Crossing
Jordan or In
the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson.
The ending must be true to the character in the story and have
a logical tie to the story leading up to that point.
That Dog: As you read the book notice the different types of
poems. Write a poem on a piece of paper in any style you choose.
It can be about any subject. Illustrate around the poem with
pictures that describe the poem. Be sure to sign your name to your
work. You are welcome to do more than one poem.
of the Blue Dolphins: There are three skills sheets to complete.
For the first sheet, you are to design a new for the book.
3. Hoot: Write
two paragraphs as described below. Each paragraph should have a
strong introductory sentence and closing sentence. Each paragraph
should be at least 7 sentences long. They should be written
neatly, in cursive.
Each Middle School class (6th, 7th, & 8th) will have its own summer reading Blog. The purpose of the Blogs is to allow students to respond to a St. John summer reading assignment, to read the thoughts of fellow students and to make thoughtful responses to other student ideas. Faculty have posted questions on each of the Blogs. Students are expected to answer the questions thoughtfully. Students at St. John have all signed an acceptable-use contract and this summer assignment is governed by that contract. Students who abuse the Blog will have their privilege removed and be required to write the answers and hand them in the first day of school. The Blog will be monitored by the faculty over the summer.
Students who were at St. John during the 05/06 school year were taught how to access the Blog. They were also given a school email account which is to be used only for school business. These instructions serve as a reminder.
To access the blog from your home browser: The URL is www.gaggle.net. Each student has his/her own account.
The username is the first letter of the first name plus the surname plus .sjg. For instance: Marsha Quinn = mquinn.sjg. Each student has created his/her own password. If you have forgotten your password, click on forgotten password and follow the directions.
Once you enter your username and password you will be at your own gaggle homepage. From this page you can email (remember only for school purposes), and find your summer reading BLOG. Please do not forget that all Blogs are monitored for language, content, and meanness and should not be used inappropriately. We will know and you will lose the privilege.
From your home page:
Click on the white box on the left titled Jump to.
Click on profile pages.
Click on My School�s Profile page.
From the Blogs box, click on staff Blogs.
Select your rising grade from the drop down menu.
On the Blog page you will find 2-3 questions for you to answer. Please answer each question thoughtfully. You click on �comments� to access your writing space. When you are finished writing your comments you will need to click on �submit comment� for your thoughts to be published to the Blog. You will also be able to read the comments of fellow students. You may respond to postings made by your peers. Each student should have 2 postings per question. It will be best if you post on two different occasions.
II. Choose at least one book from Vandergrift�s 100: List of Young Authors and Titles which may be found at www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/YoungAdult/100list.html
Assignment: On 1/2 or whole poster board, develop a kind of storyboard for your book. Divide the board into eight equal squares.
A. Title, author, illustration (design an original cover)
B. Setting�what is the time and place? Illustrate.
C. Main characters�who are they? Illustrate.
D. Plot�write a short summary of the story. Illustrate.
E. Conflict�what is the main problem? Illustrate.
F. Solution�how is the problem resolved? Write a brief explanation.
G. Do you agree or disagree with this resolution?
H. What is your personal opinion of the book? Would you recommend it to a friend or not? Explain!
II. Choose at least one book (excluding the Diary of Anne Frank and The Outsiders) from Vandergrift�s 100: List of Young Authors and Titles which may be found at www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/YoungAdult/100list.html
Assignment: Draw a book jacket to describe your favorite chapter from the book. Write one paragraph telling why you chose this chapter as your favorite.
For Dead: Answer all three questions found on the
Blog and respond one other time to your peers.
Pigman: Character Development�Write a 3 to 5 paragraph
essay answering the following question. What do John and Lorraine
learn from their experience in this book. Do you think they will
be better people for having known the �Pigman�?
II. Choose two from the following list
�A room without
books is like
a body without a
Marcus T. Cicero
Great Roman Orator
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