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Sullivan Middle SchoolSummer Reading ProgramJune 2013Dear Students:What’s the one thing that you can easily do to help keep your academicskills sharp? It’s reading! Many studies have shown that reading in the summer helpskeeps students from losing much of what they have gained in the school year. Studentswho don’t read at all during the summer can start the school year as much as one fullmonth behind their peers who have read.While all of your teachers encourage you to read as widely and as often as you possiblycan, this summer we are requesting that all students read R.J. Palacio’s novel Wonder.We have been fortunate to receive funding so that all students have received a copy ofthis book. Attached you will find the activities your teachers have created for you tohelp them get to know you as a reader. Please note that there are two differentassignments – English I (advanced) and LA8 (grade level).This summer will we continue our tradition of scheduling some great book lunches in theMedia Center for you. You are welcome to join us for pizza and great discussion from11-1 on June 12 and 26 as well as July 10 and 24. You may come on any or all ofthese days. We will have some book talks and book passes, games, activities andprizes. We will keep the Media Center open until 3:00 on these days in case you needinternet access to complete your assignments.Remember that the best way to tackle a summer-long assignment is to make aschedule of what you will read. We recommend at least 30 minutes of reading each andevery day.Your teachers and I are looking forward to hearing what you thought of Wonder.Best wishes for a great summer!Mrs. McLeanInstructional Coachcmclean@rhmail.orgSullivan Middle School Summer Reading 2013 – Language Arts 8 and English I


8 th grade Summer Reading Activities for Wonder by R.J. PalacioEnglish I:Activity 1: In the chapter, “Costumes,” Auggie says, “For me, Halloween is the best holiday inthe world. It even beats Christmas” (73). Why does he like Halloween so much? Consider thisquestion as you read the following poem (“We Wear the Mask”) and complete the activity:Make a mask, using a paper plate or other surface. The inside of the mask will have your realthoughts and feelings about yourself. The outside of the mask will have how you think the worldviews you. Refer to the website (http://www.reapteam.org/mask-making-activity) for directionsand examples.We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence DunbarWe wear the mask that grins and lies,It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—This debt we pay to human guile;With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,And mouth with myriad subtleties.Why should the world be over-wise,In counting all our tears and sighs?Nay, let them only see us, whileWe wear the mask.We smile, but, O great Christ, our criesTo thee from tortured souls arise.We sing, but oh the clay is vileBeneath our feet, and long the mile;But let the world dream otherwise,We wear the mask!Activity 2:Find a review of the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Use a reputable source such as New YorkTimes, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and The Telegraph. Doyou agree with the reviewer? Write your own book review using the review as a model.Sullivan Middle School Summer Reading 2013 – Language Arts 8 and English I


8 th grade Summer Reading Activities for Wonder by R.J. PalacioLA8:Activity 1: Reread the chapter, “Choose Kind,” on pages 45-48. Consider Mr.Browne’s precepts while you read the following poem and complete the activity:Poem – “I’m Making a List” by Shel SilversteinExperiment with the terms/phrases in Silverstein’s poem. Try using the terms withfriends and family for a day. Write a reflection on how others responded to you.I’m Making a List by Shel Silverstein“I'm making a listI'm making a list of things I must sayFor politeness,And goodness and kindness and gentlenessSweetness and rightness:HelloPardon meHow are you?Excuse meBless youMay I?Thank youGoodbyeIf you know some that I've forgot,Please stick them in your eye!”Activity 2:After reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio, choose a character (Auggie, Via, Summer,Jack Will, Julian, Charlotte, etc.) and complete the character skeleton graphicorganizer. Be sure to use specific examples (with page numbers) from the text.Here is an example of what could be used for feeling (be sure to use your own):Auggie feels very self-conscious.Ex. “I could tell I was being stared out without even looking up. I knew that people were nudging each other,watching me out of the corners of their eyes. I thought I was used to those kinds of stares by now, but I guess Iwasn’t” (49-50)Sullivan Middle School Summer Reading 2013 – Language Arts 8 and English I


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