Summer reading and learning


The purpose of summer reading in the middle school is to promote literacy by engaging students with meaningful texts during their summer break. In addition, summer reading provides a common experience with a text which students will explore further in their advisories or classes at the start of the new school year.

Grade 5

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school.

Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much...

About the author
Guided reading

Character descriptions of the eight characters/storytellers (PDF)
Discussion questions by chapter (PDF):

Grade 6

Grade 7

Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window.
- Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop


Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

An educator's guide to Flying Lessons & Other Stories which includes brief summaries, pre, during, and post-reading discussion questions for each story.
Discussion Questions:
What can I learn about myself by looking deeply into characters?
What can I learn about others and the world by looking deeply into characters?
Was this book a window or a mirror for you?  Why?
What new insights did I learn about the world from reading this book?

Grade 8

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Math packets