The Rectory School

An Independent, Coed, Junior Boarding (5-9) and Day School (Early Childhood-9)

Summer Reading 2018

Middle School (5-9)

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 5:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

1. Read The Distance Between Us: Young Readers' Edition (978-1481463706) by Reyna Grande. No written review is required over the summer.

2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books:
     "A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade-level material independently.
     "B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade-level material independently.
     "C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade-level material independently.

  • Sing Down the Moon by Scott O’Dell (A) 
  • The Fighting Ground by Avi (B)
  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (B-C)
  • The Fifth of March by Ann Rinaldi (C)
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  • Fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September.

3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are an iMovie, a Prezi, an Animoto video, a PowerPoint, a poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 14, 2018.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 6:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

1. Read The Distance Between Us: Young Readers' Edition (978-1481463706) by Reyna Grande. No written review is required over the summer.

2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books:
     "A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade-level material independently.
     "B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade-level material independently.
     "C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade-level material independently.

  • Compass South by Hope Larson (A) 
  • Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool (B)
  • Peak by Roland Smith (C)

Fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September.

3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are an iMovie, a Prezi, an Animoto video, a PowerPoint, a poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 14, 2018.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 7:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

1. Read The Distance Between Us: Young Readers' Edition (978-1481463706) by Reyna Grande. No written review is required over the summer.

2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books:
     "A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade-level material independently.
     "B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade-level material independently.
     "C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade-level material independently.

  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (A) 
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (A)
  • With Every Drop of Blood by James Lincoln Collier (B)
  • Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine (C)

Fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September.

3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are an iMovie, a Prezi, an Animoto video, a PowerPoint, a poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 14, 2018.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 8:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

1. Read The Distance Between Us: A Memoir (978-1451661781) by Reyna Grande. No written review is required.

2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books:
     "A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade-level material independently.
     "B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade-level material independently.
     "C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade-level material independently.

  • The Dangerous Summer of Jesse Turner by Diana Reep (A) 
  • With Every Drop of Blood by James Lincoln Collier (B)
  • Freedom's Children: Young Civil Rights Activists Tell Their Own Stories by Ellen S. Levine (B)
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (C)

Fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September.

3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are an iMovie, a Prezi, an Animoto video, a PowerPoint, a poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 14, 2018.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 9:

You must read three books: two are required plus one of your choice.

1. Read The Distance Between Us: A Memoir (978-1451661781) by Reyna Grande. No written review is required.

2. Choose one of the following historical fiction books:
     "A" reading is for emerging readers who may be learning a new language or struggle reading grade-level material independently.
     "B" reading is for on-level readers who can read grade-level material independently.
     "C" reading is challenging reading for beyond-level readers who can read above grade-level material independently.

  • The Golden Bull: A Mesopotamian Adventure by Margery Kowley (A) 
  • Pharaoh's Daughter: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Julius Lester (B)
  • Goddess of Yesterday: A Tale of Troy by Caroline Cooney (B-C)
  • A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright (C)

Fill out the historical fiction review form and either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September.

3. Select and read one other book of your choice. This may be fiction or nonfiction. Fill out the appropriate attached book review form OR make a creative review. This may be anything that you create to demonstrate that you have read the book. Some examples are an iMovie, a Prezi, an Animoto video, a PowerPoint, a poster etc. Either Dropbox it (available if you have a Schoology account), email it to mtiebout@rectoryschool.org or bring it with you to school in September. This review will be graded and included in your fall midterm grade.

** Reviews are due no later than September 14, 2018.

MS Book Review Forms & Suggested Reading Sources

Middle School students may submit a creative book review or choose one of the forms listed below. Examples of creative reviews include, but are not limited to, posters, PowerPoint presentations, iMovies, Prezi, Animoto video, and dioramas.

Elementary School (K-4)

Summer is here, and we encourage our elementary children to continue exploring and investigating the world around them. What better way to learn something new than to sit down in a cozy spot with a great book! During the summer of 2018, children are expected to read at least two books: the required book(s) for their grade and a book of their choice.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE K-1:

  1. Read any one picture book by the author Cynthia Rylant. Fill out the Grade K-1 Reader Response Form, and know that K-1 students may dictate their responses to their parent. Children will bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

  2. Select and read one other book of your choice, in the fiction genre. Fill out the Grade K-1 Reader Response Form, and know that K-1 students may dictate their responses to their parent. Children will bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 2-3:
  1. Read (or have someone read aloud to you) Gooseberry Park by Cynthia Rylant. This adventure book will lead us into our fall science study of Rocks & Minerals. Fill out the Grade 2-3 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

  2. Select and read one other book of your choice, in the fiction genre. Fill out the Grade 2-3 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

SUMMER READING FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADE 4:
  1. Read Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant. Fill out the Grade 4 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

  2. Students can choose ONE of the following: The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary OR The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White. Fill out the Grade 4 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school with you in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

  3. The third required book this summer is a book of your choice. Fill out the Grade 4 Reader Response Form and bring the completed Reader Response Form back to school with you in September. Reader Response Forms are due no later than September 12, 2018.

In addition, the elementary teachers have created a "FIREFLY Summer Reading Log" for our elementary children. For fun, we ask them to use the log as they read both picture books and chapter books during the summer months. The intent is for our children to always have a book nearby that they are engaged with and interested in. Books that are read independently may be logged in, as well as those that are read aloud with family members. The children may print out as many copies of the log as needed, and bring them back to school with them during the first week of school.

We have recommended some reading lists and resources that are developmentally appropriate for elementary children. We hope that you spend some time browsing through the links below with your child and find books that are suited to your child's interests and reading levels!

Happy Reading!

ES Book Review Forms & Resources