Middle School Summer Assignments

Reading Assignments Required

Additional Learning Resources

Visit the Middle School Learning Resources page for additional educational resources organized by subject.


English as an Additional Language - Required Summer Reading List

In the spring of 2020, each student will be assigned an initial placement in an English or MS Academic English class. As in previous years, we will use the first few weeks of Fall 2020 to continue assessments and make any final adjustments to MS students' English language course placements.

All students placed in MS Academic English (Introduction to, Intermediate, or Advanced) classes are expected to read at least two titles from the list that follows. When students arrive in the fall, they should expect their teacher to ask what they read over the summer, and they will be asked to write about or share what they read. They will not be tested on these readings, but they should expect to do presentations, write paragraphs, and discuss in class the required summer reading texts.

We would also like students to experiment with reading different levels and genres over the course of the summer. They may do this by finding additional texts of their choice on Amazon, Goodreads, YALSA, or any number of other wonderful young adult literature websites. Links to additional resources can be found on the MS EAL Summer Enrichment list.

We look forward to welcoming you into our MS Academic English classes at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year.

Students Entering Introduction to MS Academic English

Students must read two of the following abridged titles. All are available to buy online from the Black Cat website. Black Cat readers are also available in eBook form.

Black Cat Readers Starter A1

The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling
Adapted by Kelly Reinhart; Activities by Eleanor Donaldson
Book and CD: 978-88-530-0418-5

The Secret of the Stones, by Victoria Heward

Book and CD: 978-88-530-1411-5


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L.Frank Baum; Adapted by Gina D.B. Clemen
Book and CD: 978-88-530-0451-2

Mystery in San Francisco
Book and CD: 978-88-530-0215-0

Students Entering Intermediate MS Academic English

New students should visit the Penguin English Readers website where two books can be chosen and ordered through Pearson or Amazon.

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
Pearson English Reader Level 3, Book and Audio CD

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
Pearson English Reader Level 3, Book and M-ROM

Black Cat and Other Stories, by Edgar Allen Poe
Pearson English Reader Level 3, Book and Audio CD

The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
Pearson English Reader Level 4, Book

Inventions that Changed the World, David Maule
Pearson English Reader Level 4, Book

Students Entering Advanced MS Academic English

New students should visit the Penguin English Readers website where two books can be chosen and ordered through Pearson or Amazon.

Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Pearson English Reader Level 5, Book and Audio CD

Outstanding Short Stories, Edgar Allen Poe
Pearson English Reader Level 5, Book

Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
Pearson English Reader Level 6, Book and Audio CD

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
Pearson English Reader Level 6, Book and Audio CD

The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
Pearson English Reader Level 6, Book and Audio CD   

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Mainstream English - Required Summer Reading List

The following lists of books contain titles chosen carefully to supplement classroom reading as well as personal reading that you may not necessarily choose to read on your own. The titles encourage you to expand your reading experience in order to be ready for challenges during the school year and later intellectual life.

Although the required number of titles for English classes is limited, we hope you read more from the “Recommended Titles” section. If you have not read the required books from previous years, we strongly recommend that you do so.

During the first week of class, your English teacher will give a series of writing assignments on the required books on the list. During the following weeks you will be asked to present, discuss, and/or write about your other choice. Your work on these books then becomes a significant part of your first quarter grade.

Most titles are available from Amazon.com or online as e-texts, and most are available in good English language bookstores in major cities. We expect you to read the texts independently and without assistance from SparkNotes or similar student aids.

Students entering Grade 6

Required:

  • Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
  • The Giver, Lois Lowry

Other Recommended Titles for Grades 6 and 7:

  • The Treasures of Weatherby, Zilpha Keatley Snyder
  • The Sword and the Stone, T.H. White
  • Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
  • My Family and Other Animals, Gerald Durrell
  • Dicey’s Song, Cynthia Voigt
  • When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead
  • Boy, Roald Dahl
  • Wringer, Jerry Spinelli
Students entering Grade 7

Required:

  • Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
  • The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton

Other Recommended Titles for Grades 6 and 7:

  • Bloomability, Sharon Creech
  • The Sword and the Stone, T.H. White
  • The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
  • The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth Speare
  • Dicey’s Song, Cynthia Voigt
  • Boy, Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
Students entering Grade 8

Required:

  • Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
  • Mildred Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Other Recommended Titles for Grade 8:

  • J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne
  • The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
  • Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes
  • The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle

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Italian Section - Required Summer Reading List

Lista letture estive per gli studenti della Sezione Italiana o studenti delle classi di Lingua Italiana o Italian a.a. 2020-21

Cari/e studenti/studentesse,

La seguente lista di libri contiene titoli appartenenti ai classici della letteratura per ragazzi, unita a titoli di autori contemporanei. 

Al fine di accompagnarvi nella vostra crescita intellettuale, e, al tempo stesso, rendere meno difficoltoso l’accostarvi alle grandi Opere letterarie, durante i lunghi mesi estivi dovrete leggere i libri obbligatori indicati. Consigliata, invece, la lettura delle altre opere.

Nelle prime settimane di scuola, gli insegnanti di Lingua italiana o Italian vi proporranno attività scritte e orali relative a quanto letto.

Buona lettura,

Miss Berera

FUTURA CLASSE SESTA

OBBLIGATORIO PER LINGUA 6

  • D. Buzzati La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia
  • R. Piumini, Cuore edizioni EL collana I classicini 

CONSIGLIATI PER LINGUA 6

  • M. Milani La ricerca del Santo Graal
  • A. Manzi Orzowei

OBBLIGATORIO PER ITALIAN 6

  • R. Piumini, Cuore edizioni EL collana I classicini

FUTURA CLASSE SETTIMA

OBBLIGATORI PER LINGUA 7

  • U. Orlev L’isola in via degli Uccelli· 
  • F. Molnàr I ragazzi della via Pal (edizione integrale)

CONSIGLIATI PER LINGUA 7

  • J. Verne Ventimila leghe sotto i mari
  • M. Milani La storia di Enrico VIII e delle sue sei mogli

OBBLIGATORIO PER ITALIAN 7

  • T. Benedetti I ragazzi della via Pal Edizioni EL collana I classicini

FUTURA CLASSE OTTAVA

OBBLIGATORI PER LINGUA 8

  • L. Levi Cecilia va alla guerra
  • E. Salgari Le tigri di Mompracem

CONSIGLIATI PER LINGUA 8

  • U. Orlev Corri ragazzo, corri
  • B. Pitzorno, La bambinaia francese

OBBLIGATORIO PER ITALIAN 8

  • G. Sgardoli Sandokan, la tigre della Malesia Edizioni EL collana I classicini

FUTURA CLASSE NONA

OBBLIGATORI PER LETTERATURA E LINGUA 9

  • I. Calvino Il visconte dimezzato
  • P. Levi La tregua ed. Einaudi

CONSIGLIATI PER LETTERATURA E LINGUA 9

  • V. Massimo Manfredi Lo scudo di Talos, ed. Mondadori
  • V. Massimo Manfredi Il figlio del sogno, ed. Mondadori

OBBLIGATORI PER LINGUA E LETTERATURA 9

V. Massimo Manfredi Lo scudo di Talos, ed. Mondadori

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