Summer Reading

Starting this summer, our 7th-12th grade students will be participating in a summer reading program. This program has been developed to support our students’ continued academic growth during the summer months so that they are well-equipped for success in their future classes and on college admission tests such as the ACT and SAT. The English Department has carefully considered the needs of our middle & high students in selecting the summer reading texts and project options, which are all listed below. If you have any questions about the summer reading assignments, please contact your English teacher:


Summer Reading Overview:

  • Students in grades 7-12th are required to read one novel over the summer break

  • Students should read the novel assigned to the grade they are going into next year (for example, a student who just finished 7th grade and is going into 8th grade will read the “8th Grade” novel)

  • Once students return to school in the fall, they will be completing a project in English class to assess their learning and understanding of the novel (with instruction, and guidance/support from their English teacher). They will be able to choose the type of project they complete from a list of options (see below). The project will be their first test grade in their English class and will be due within the first few weeks of the school year

  • Students are responsible for buying their own hard-copy of their grade-level novel. Each novel is available for less than $10 on Amazon (use links below) and most can be found at local used book stores for less than $10 as well. If purchasing the novel is a problem or burden for you/your student, please reach out to and we will be happy to assist you. 


Summer Reading Texts: 

Students should read the text listed for the grade they will be entering in the fall. 


Summer Reading Projects:

Students will choose one of the following projects to complete for their assigned summer reading novel. The project options are the same for all 7th-12th grade students, however, the length specifications will be different for MS students and HS students. The MS and HS grading rubrics for each project will be posted here before July 1st.

Project options:

  1. Illustrated Booklet or Graphic Novel – Take a series of 10 original photos (not downloaded online) or create a series of 10 original drawings that could be used to illustrate the book. Make it into a booklet or mini graphic novel. 

  2. New Ending – Write your own 2-3 page alternate ending for the book. Either change what happens or write about what happens after the original ending. 

  3. Painting, Sculpture, or Diorama – Create a painting, sculpture, or diorama of the setting for the story or of an important scene. You must include a written explanation of the piece that describes and explains your artwork and how it relates specifically to the story as well.

  4. Poem or Song Lyrics – Write a poem or song that is about one of the characters, the setting, or an important part of the story. Must have a written explanation of the poem & its relationship to events or themes in the story as well. 

  5. Character Interview - Create and record a video interview of a character or the author of the novel. You will need to dress as the character or create a fictional character using puppets, legos or other customizable figurine. The character’s attire should match their description in the novel. You also must include a written copy of the interview questions and an explanation of how your character would respond for each question.

  6. Character perspective journal & poster - Create personal journal entries written from a main character’s point of view for 5 of the main events or most significant events for that character in the story. Each journal entry should include specific details from the novel as well as your personal inferences about how the character would have thought/felt about or during that event/situation. Each entry should be handwritten on paper and placed onto a poster or foam board with a short title and a picture or symbol (drawn or printed) of an image relevant to the journal entry. Poster should include a large drawing or printed picture of the character as well and the title “Seeing (Novel Title) through (character name)’s Eyes”


Middle School Rubrics:

MS Poem/Song:

MS Alternate Ending:

MS Art Piece:

MS Character Interview:

MS Picture Timeline:

MS Character Perspective Journal:


High School Rubrics

Poem / Song Rubric:

Alternate Ending Rubric:

Art Piece Rubric:

Character Interview Rubric:

Picture Timeline Rubric:

Character Perspective Rubric