All students entering grades 6, 7, and 8 are responsible for completing the following work during the summer. This work will be collected, graded, and counted towards your first quarter grade.
Students may choose two books from the 2018 Summer Reading Suggestions found below or any book that is found on www.arbookfind.com. These are only suggestions.
For computer access and to borrow reading materials visit one of the Cranston Public Libraries.
After reading each book, choose two questions from the list below. Each response should be at least two paragraphs and the questions should be answered using evidence from the texts.
This assignment should be completed for the first day of school and will count as two quiz grades. One grade for each book.
Here is the Assignment:
Choose two questions to answer about each book. Choose different questions for each book you read.
Dialogue: An author uses dialogue for many reasons. A few are: to forward the action, show what a character is like, set the mood or tone of the piece, provide information, etc.
Flashback: General term for altering time sequences, often giving the end result first and then going back in time to tell how the ending happened.
Foreshadowing: An author’s deliberate use of hints or suggestions to give a preview of events or themes that do not develop until later in the narrative. Images such as a storm brewing or a crow landing on a fence post often foreshadow ominous/bad developments in a story.
Hyperbole: An excessive overstatement or conscious exaggeration of fact. “I’ve told you that a million times already” is a hyperbolic statement.
Imagery: Language and descriptions that bring to mind sensory impressions. For example: The room was dark and gloomy. -The words “dark” and “gloomy” are visual images. The river was roaring in the mountains. – The word “roaring” appeals to our sense of hearing.
Irony: Broadly speaking, irony is a device that emphasizes the contrast between the way things are expected to be and the way they actually are. A historical example of irony might be the fact that people in medieval Europe believed bathing would harm them when in fact not bathing led to the unsanitary conditions that caused the bubonic plague.
Metaphor: The comparison of one thing to another that does not use the terms “like” or “as.”
Personification: The use of human characteristics to describe animals, things, or ideas. Carl Sandburg’s poem “Chicago” describes the city as “Stormy, husky, brawling / City of the Big Shoulders.”
Sarcasm: A verbal form of irony (see above) in which it is obvious from context and tone that the speaker means the opposite of what he or she says. Saying “That was graceful” when someone trips and falls is an example of sarcasm.
Sensory description: Descriptions that use the senses – sight, smell, touch, hearing, taste.
Simile: A comparison of two things through the use of the words like or as. The title of Robert Burns’s poem “My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose” is a simile.
Vocabulary: An author’s choice of words often evokes feelings. Example: “horrendous accident” – horrendous makes the reader feel more horrified than if the author wrote “bad accident” or “small accident”. Vocabulary sets the mood and tone of the writing.
Laurie Halse Anderson
Mary Downing Hahn
Walter Dean Myers
Margaret Peterson Haddix