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Mrs. Kerns


SUMMER READING for 2019-2020

English Language Arts for 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th

This year’s summer reading follows the Common Core Standards for English/Language Arts that the Diocese follows.  These standards are put in place to help students become ready for high school, college, and careers. The standards state, “To become high school, college, and career ready, students must grapple with works of exceptional craft and thought whose range extends across genres, cultures, and centuries.”

Each student is expected to read  two books.  The starred (*) book on the list is  required  and a test will be given on that book the first full day of school.  The test will be a multiple choice/short answer test on the content of the book. Each student will have questions to answer on this book in Google Classroom.  A second book should be chosen from the list to be summarized. The student will complete the worksheets and then write a two-three paragraph essay in Google Classroom.

Please know that studies show that students who read over the summer hold onto core reading skills and do better at the start of the new school year.  I encourage you and your child to visit the library frequently. The reading of these and other books is a way to establish good reading habits, build a strong vocabulary, and improve Language Arts skills.


(Worksheets were given to all students in June)