8th Grade Summer Reading 2017

As we work together with families to create lifelong learners, Westminster Christian Academy expects that our students will continue reading throughout the summer months. In working towards this goal, over the summer all incoming 8th grade students will be required to read two books that they have not previously read. Students must choose books from the reading list or from the Westminster 100 list. It’s very important that students enjoy their book(s); therefore, we encourage them to take the time to find a book they love.

Book #1: Read any book (fiction or non-fiction) from the reading list. The review should be submitted no later than Friday, June 23.

Book #2: Read any book (fiction or non-fiction) from the reading list. The review should be submitted no later than Friday, July 28.

Extra book reviews: The review should be submitted no later than Friday, August 4.

After reading each book, students will submit an online book review. This summer’s reading project is included in each student’s first quarter English grade, so please follow the instructions here carefully and refer to the rubric below as your student completes the online review.


If you have any questions, please email Heather Marsee. Please include the student’s name and grade level in your email.

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Grading Rubric (used for each book review completed online)

THEME ___ / 5

  • is at least five sentences long
  • clearly explains the moral or lesson
  • incorporates examples from the book to support answer


  • sells the book as one that should/n’t be read
  • provides reasons as to why the book should/n’t be read
  • suggests types of readers who may enjoy the book


  • is at least five sentences long
  • clearly describes the character
  • thoroughly explains why the character is his/her favorite

TOTAL ___ / 15
x2 Reviews ___ / 30

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’m so excited! When am I able to start my summer reading?

A: You are welcome to begin your summer reading TODAY! There is no start date. The only time constraints are that you submit your reviews no later than the due dates specified. Early work is accepted.

Q: How will I know if I submitted my review correctly?

A: There are two ways to know it was submitted: 1) After completing the review form, press “submit” at the bottom of the page. A box will appear stating that your response has been recorded. 2) In addition, you will receive an email with your submitted responses. After each deadline, if your review was not received, you will be notified by email.

Q: Is there a way for me to have a copy of my review? What do I do if I can’t finish the review in one sitting?

A: By providing your email address, Google will send you a copy of your completed form once it’s submitted. If you need to stop in the middle of completing the review form, here are two things you may do:

  1. Type your answers in a Word/Pages document. Then, once you’ve finished answering all the questions, you can paste your responses into the review form. This will also allow you to have a copy of what’s been submitted.
  2. If you’re able to type it all in the form but would still like a copy of your responses, before clicking “submit” on the review, take a screen shot (shift + command + 4 on Apple 
computers; or on an iPad, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button).

Q: How will my summer reading project affect my English grade?

A: The summer reading project will be equivalent to a quiz grade in English. See the grading rubric.

Q: What happens if I turn in an assignment late?

A: Late work will be penalized based on the length of time that it is overdue.