8th Grade Summer Reading 2018

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.

Step #1: Read any two books (Fiction or Non-Fiction) from the reading list.

Step #2: Write (type) a response to both books following the guidelines explained below.

Submission: Email the review to Mrs. Conrad no later than Tuesday, July 31.

After finishing both books, see the class website for the specifics of the writing assignment. This summer’s reading reflection is included in each student’s first quarter English grade, so please follow the instructions on the website carefully and refer to rubric below as you complete the online review.

READING LIST (PDF)

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)

Paragraph 1: ___ / 6
• Identifies book titles and authors (4)
• Provides brief summaries of each book (2)

Paragraph 2: ___ / 4
• Answers “What do you think it means to be a person of ‘good character’?” (1)
• Provides example(s) of people who you believe are of “good character” (1)
• Explains why you believe those people are of “good character” (2)

Paragraph 3: ___ / 5
• Identifies the character by name (1)
• Provides 2-3 specific examples from the story (2)
• Explains the specific examples (2)

Paragraph 3: ___ / 5
• Identifies the character by name (1)
• Provides 2-3 specific examples from the story (2)
• Explains the specific examples (2)

TOTAL ____/20

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 my summer reading project affect my English grade?
A: This summer reading project will be included in each student’s first semester English grade.

Q: What happens if I turn in an assignment late?
A: Students will receive a one-point grade reduction per day that the written assignment is late (up to a 50% total reduction). This will be reflected and noted in the first quarter grade.