Summer Reading Projects - Grades 6-8

Read one book from the 2017 Grades 6-8 Summer Reading List. Select a project from the selections below. All projects are due Friday, August 25, 2017. Projects will be counted as “in-class” grade and recorded in the 40% category in iNow.

Create a diary or journal in the voice of a character from your book. Follow the events of the novel and give your chosen character's impressions and reflections on those events. Be sure to go beyond the obvious. Sure, he might have been worried about starting school, but how would he write about that in a journal? What thoughts are racing through her mind? Pick this project if you feel like the book's characters really came alive for you. You must write at least 12-15 journal entries. The project should be 200-600 words (1-3 typed pages, double spaced.)

Discover the book's relevance for you. If you like to write personal essays, full of your own opinions, don't limit yourself to a blasé "I liked this book because..." kind of review. Think about what--aside from liking or not liking it-you got out of reading this novel. Did the plot help you in some way to become a better person? Select this project if you consider yourself opinionated and like to share your views. You must cite evidence from the text (specific quotations that you feel relate to your point of view.) This option is strongly suggested for Honors students. The essay should be 200-600 words (1-3 typed pages, double spaced.)

Make a movie trailer featuring your book. If you have Windows, chances are you have Movie Maker without even knowing about it. If it's your first time making a movie on the computer, though, think about downloading Microsoft's Photo Story. It's free and simple to use and has enough features (photo effects, neat transitions, the ability to add music) that you can create a pretty cool product. Choose this project if you dream about being the next Steven Spielberg or M. Night Shyamalan. Your final movie should be a professional-looking 5-7 minutes long.

Write a pamphlet or handbook for people traveling to the place and time of your book. Introduce the culture and describe any differences in lifestyles and beliefs that travelers from your place and time should know about. What do the people there eat? What kinds of jobs are available? What behaviors are considered polite or rude? What do the people think is most important in life? Your pamphlet should be fully show your understanding of the book.

Create a newspaper for your book. Summarize the plot in one article, cover the weather in another, do a feature story on one of the more interesting characters in another. Include an editorial and collection of ads that would be pertinent to the story. Your newspaper must include at least 5 stories and should be laid out as a newspaper.

Biography and Sketch. Students will choose one character in the novel and write a 300 word biography. The biography should explain where the character lives, the conflict(s) the character faces in the novel, tell about their family life, and summarize the resolution or ending of the novel. Then the student will draw a sketch of the character. The sketch can be a head and shoulder picture or a scene from the novel. The sketch must be in color. Both the sketch and the biography must be mounted to poster board. Drawings must fill the page and must be no smaller than 8 ½ x 11 unlined paper.  

Character Interview. Students will choose one main character and write an interview style article. The article must be written in question and answer format and have at least 10 questions with answers based on the novel. The questions should go beyond the basic plot and setting of the novel. The interview should be 200-600 words (2-3 typed pages, double spaced.)

Word Collage. Write the title of the book in the center of a sheet of paper. Then look through magazines for words, phrases, and sentences that illustrate or tell something about your book. As you look, think in terms of the theme, setting, plot line, as well as characters. Work to get fifty such words, phrases, or sentences so the whole sheet of paper will be covered. The visual impact of the collage should tell a potential reader a lot about the book. The entire poster board should be filled with pictures. (“8x10” or larger poster board).

A gentle reminder: Plagiarism is a big deal. Any time you turn in someone else’s work as your own, whether you found it on the internet or borrowed it from their computer, you are plagiarizing. All plagiarized assignments will be given a zero. Don’t be tempted!


Scoring Rubric

(95–100 points)

Outstanding work, fully meets all requirements

Exhaustive coverage

Completely understands problem and has ability to apply data to the solution

Shows originality

Highly Proficient
(90–94 points)

Excellent work, meets all requirements of task, good breadth

Well planned and documented

Shows fine understanding and ability to apply data to the solution of the problem

Shows evidence of creativity

(80–89 points)

Fine or good work, meets requirements of task

Good breadth of coverage, fairly well planned and documented

Shows a good understanding and ability to apply data to the solution of new problems

Could show more evidence of creative thinking

Suggests Proficiency
(70– 79 points)

Fair work, meets some requirements of the task

Fair breadth of coverage with some gaps

Shows an uneven understanding with some, but not complete, ability to apply data to the solution of the problem

Needs to fill gaps

Suggests Lack of Proficiency (65–69 points)

Uneven work, meets some requirements of the task

Poor breadth of coverage with a number of gaps in coverage

Little understanding and ability to apply data to problem solving

Needs to improve in significant areas

Lacks Proficiency
(below 65 points)

Poor work, meets some requirements of the task

Little to no breadth of coverage

Little understanding and makes no significant attempt to apply data to solution of the problem

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