Cheyenne Middle School
Summer 2017 Reading list
Please read the following books prior to the start of school. They will be used for
- a test
- class discussion
- a writing assignment.
Writing notes in the margins of your book or typing a journal while you read will help you remember the content. Use the items below as a guide to taking notes and to help you get the most out of your reading. Expect that your teacher will collect these notes, and you will receive a completion grade. Bring these reading notes and your books to class the first week of school.
- Setting: Where and when does the story take place?
- Characters: Who are the main characters? Be able to describe them
- Plot: What did you consider to be the main conflict in the story? How was this developed throughout the book?
- Theme: What ideas about life did you gain from this book?
- Personal Reaction/Evaluation: What did you like about this book? What, if anything, were you confused about?
- Figurative Language (describing something by comparing it to something else): Mark specific examples of figurative language and vivid description.
Students going into 6th Grade
- The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain – dialect will be challenging
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Incoming 6th Grade students read 2 out of the 3 books
Incoming 6th Grade Honors read all 3 books
Students going into 7th Grade
- Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
- A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
- The Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt
Incoming 7th Grade students read 2 out of the 3 books
Incoming 7th Grade Honors read all 3 books
Students going into 8th Grade
- In My Hands; Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Incoming 8th Grade students read 2 out of the 3 books
Incoming 8th Grade Honors read all 3 books
Yearly Book Studies
- Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
- Lupita Manana by Patricia Beatty
- Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemmingway
- Call of Wild by Jack London
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
- Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
- Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton
- Various Short Stories
- The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
- Various Short Stories