Summer Reading Project

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SCMS Summer Reading 2019-2020

Summer reading choices. Choose one.

Directions: Select one project and complete based on the novel you chose to read from grade level list above.

  1. Brochure: Using paper size 8 ½ by 11 (standard paper size) create six sections total by folding the paper. Section 1 (back right): title, author, picture, your name, class period; Section 2 (inside left): characters (pictures optional) and setting; Section 3 (inside center): include conflicts, complications in the story, and the most exciting part (climax); Section 4 (inside right) tell how the main character changed in the end and how the conflict is resolved (do not ruin the ending); Section 5 (back left): include the theme, who learns this lesson in the story; Section 6 (back center) a picture that represents the novel, a rating out of 5 stars, and who would you recommend read this novel.
  2. Reading Ray of Sunshine: (Fiction) in the middle, create an original book cover. Then, draw lines from the image to the edges of the paper to create sections and fill in each section with information such as setting, character names, conflict, resolution, theme(s), etc. (Nonfiction) In the middle, draw a symbol that represents the person or event the novel is about. Then, draw lines from the image to the edges of the paper to create sections and fill in each section with information about the person such as date of birth and/or death, place of birth and/or death, family (spouse, children, siblings), obstacles and achievements, where they live, education, how the book impacted you personally, and tell how the symbol (in the center) relates to the person or event. Sections should be colorful, and writing should be easy to read. In addition, include two required sections: name, date and period and review out of 5 stars with an explanation. Suggested size paper 8 ½ X 11 or poster board 22 X 28in.
  3. Poetry Poster: Create 4 poems and display them on a large poster board (all must be on the front side of poster): Option 1: a haiku (setting) form of Japanese poetry that deals with nature, has three lines, 17 syllables in total, first line of 5 syllables, second line of 7 syllables, a final line of 5 syllables, and does not usually rhyme; Option 2: a limerick (character) a humorous poem with strict five line AABBA rhyme scheme, the first line usually introduces a person and a place, and the place name usually ends the first line setting up the rhyme for the second and fifth lines; Option 3: a calligram/shape poetry (character) a type of poetry where the shape and layout of the letters and words on the paper relate to the poem’s meaning (for example, a poem about love would be in the shape of a heart), lines of poetry, or verses expressed or is informed by, the meaning of the poem; Option 4: a free verse poem (setting, characters, conflict) a poem which may or may not rhyme at times, have irregular line length, and includes literary devices such as, alliteration, metaphor, simile, or repetition; an acrostic poem (character) choose a character; Option 5: Spell the first name of the character vertically. Write a character trait that begins with the letter of the character’s name and represents the character. Then, explain how the word relates to the character. Option 6 (Nonfiction Only) Write a biopoem about the person or event in the nonfiction novel. Following the format of 11 lines: line 1, event or person’s first name, line 2 four descriptive traits separated by commas, line 3 brother/sister or daughter of, line 4 lover of…, line 5 who feels…, line 6 who needs, line 7 who gives…, line 8 who fears…, line 9 who would like to see…, line 10 resident of…, and line 11, person’s last name. (no trifolds)
  4. Poster with Pieces: Create a character poster with glued items which symbolize the book or represent something about the novel. (Fiction) Glue onto the poster 10 items which represent the novel: characters, setting, conflict, theme, significant scene, etc. (Nonfiction) Glue onto a poster 10 items which represent the event or the person’s beliefs, activities, major events, likes/dislikes, consequences, etc. Each item must have a short-written explanation (2-3 sentences) of how it relates to the novel and/or why it was included. Suggested size poster board 22 X 28in or larger (no trifolds)

Ms. Ozzy

Ms. Ozzy teaches 8th grade English at Swift Creek Middle School.