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CMS Summer Reading Programs

Descriptions of programs from prior years

Summer Reading 2017: The Labyrinth

SUMMER READING AT CMS...IT'S A-MAZE-ING!

These are the requirements for summer reading (click on tabs above for details):

           
           1.  Select ONE book from THE BIG 6 (answer question; rate/review - see Assign #1) 

           2.  Read TWO additional books (rate/review; complete one project)

                        * Completion of the summer reading assignments will be part of your English grade for Term 1  

 

Our Summer Reading Program has been designed to incorporate CHOICE and FUN..  
The BIG 6 titles have been selected because they represent a diverse selection of stories
told in different formats, offering choices to all kinds of readers.  

For Parents and Students:  Here is a link to an article about the importance of reading - even for reluctant readers:
Edutopia
5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

The library is constantly striving to build a community of readers at CMS!
Once again summer reading will lay the groundwork for our schoolwide game
that will start when students return to school in the fall. Watch the trailer...

 LITERARY LABYRINTH: a tunnel trolling adventure! 

Assignment #1:

1.  Select ONE of the following six books (The 'Big 6'). 

2.  After you have read it, click on the "Entry to Labyrinth" link and follow the instructions

**Bonus Challenge: Read all 6! Click here for details**

 

 
BOOKED by Kwame Alexander

Poetry, humor and wordplay describe this quickly moving free verse novel. Nick is a typical middle school
student who daydreams through school. He insists that learning is not his thing, which frustrates his father
(who has written a dictionary) and worries his mother. Big issues like bullying and divorce are addressed
through a clever interplay of poetry, reading and word play, all of which add up to a fun and intriguing reading
experience. And there is even a crazy librarian who used to be a rapper...

Entry to Labyrinth / Booked

                                                                                                                                                                               


MARCH: Book One by John Lewis

This graphic novel fomat chronicles events from the life of Georgia congressman John Lewis, focusing on his
youth in rural Alabama, his meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.
President Obama's 2009 inauguration provides its homebase as the congressman's story is told in a series of
reminiscences of a couple of school boys and their mother as they navigate the civil rights movements. This is
the graphic novel style at its best - and is the first of three volumes telling this story. 

Entry to Labyrinth / March


SERAFINA'S PROMISE by Ann E. Burg

Serafina is 11 years old, and has a dream of becoming a doctor - but the school uniform is expensive, and
there are always so many chores... Serafina despairs that she may never have the chance to pursue her dream.
Told in first-person verse, this novel captures the struggle and determination of this young heroine as she persists
in every way imaginable to overcome obstacles. The story is woven with Haitian history, culture and Creole
phrases that capture both her hope and her hardships.This is a beautiful story of the power of determination,
family and friendship. 

Entry to Labyrinth / Serafina's Promise


FANTASTIC BEASTS  by J.K. Rowling

The screenplay for the recently released film. Magical zoologist Newt Scamander is attending the
"Magical Congress of the United States" in New York City for what he thinks is going to be a short stay.
When he misplaces his briefcase,  some of his dangerous beasts escape, and the trouble starts...Newt's
story occurs 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book at Hogwarts. 

Entry to Labyrinth / Fantastic Beasts

MARVELS by Brian Selznick

Selznick's groundbreaking narrative format combines wordless illustrated storytelling with words to create
a unique reading experience. The book opens with nearly 400 pages of his signature pencil drawings which
depict generations of the Marvel family, who all work in the theatre. When the format switches to prose, the
story picks up with Joseph Jervis, a 13-year-old on the run and searching for his uncle Albert in 1990. When
he finds his uncle's house, the mystery and intrigue take over as Selznick weaves clues and misdirections
through his pictures and words and the truth is artfully revealed. "Selznick's warm, affecting family tale is
bittersweet, astonishing, and truly marvelous." (Booklist)

Entry to Labyrinth / Marvels

THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill

This nontraditional fairy tale combines sinister and appealing characters, magic, and strong storytelling. A baby
girl (Luna) is adopted by a kind witch (Xan) after she accidentally feeds on moonlight - which fills her with magic.
As Luna's magical powers grow, it creates such havoc that Xan is forced to put a spell on her to suppress her
powers - but this creates yet another set of problems. This year's Newbery Medal winner is "rich with multiple
plotlines that culminate in a suspenseful climax, characters of inspiring integrity (as well as characters without
any), a world with elements of both whimsy and treachery, and prose that melds into poetry." (Booklist

Entry to Labyrinth / The Girl Who Drank the Moon 

Questions?  Contact Ms. Stockwood at estockwood@concordps.org

Assignment #2 (Grade 6):

   1.  Read at least two additional books 
          - You are free to choose whatever books you like for this assignment
            - You can, of course, read more than two!

   2.  Rate and Review them
          -  Click on this link:    
               -  Submit a separate rate/review for both books

   3.  Create ONE project for any book you read 
          - You may choose a project from the list below, or create your own original idea. 
          - You may do your project on the book you read from The Big 6; or one of your free choice books.
            - 
Points earned for your project submission will be used in the LIBRARY LABYRINTH game when we return to school in the fall.

Tasks to Earn POINTS

 


Book Trailer - Create a book trailer using iMovie.  
LINK TO SUBMIT        LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS (Movie Maker)       LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS(iMovie)
 


Create a Crossword with terms from your book - we might use it in our Labyrinth Game *
LINK TO SUBMIT        LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS (CROSSWORD MAKER)
                               * Use all of the starred words in Booked for extra points


Create a Podcast - Make a podcast describing your book, impressions, reactions, etc. 
LINK TO SUBMIT          


Create another kind of logic or word game we might use in our Labyrinth Game (Word Search, word ladders, or word problem....)
LINK TO SUBMIT


Piece of Artwork  - Create artwork inspired by your book: poster, sculpture, diorama, etc.
LINK TO SUBMIT (PHOTO OF ARTWORK)    
 

Movie Poster - Create a poster promoting your book (if it were to be made into a blockbuster movie) 
LINK TO SUBMIT
 
Comic Strip/Graphic Novel - Make a comic strip or graphic novel version of your book. 
LINK TO SUBMIT
 


Rap, Song or Parody  - Write a rap or song that relates to your book.    
LINK TO SUBMIT
 

 OR
Have another idea? Submit it here!
LINK TO SUBMIT
 


Questions?  Contact Ms. Stockwood:  estockwood@concordps.org

 Assignment #2 (Grade 7):

   1.  Read at least two additional books: 
          - Book One: All 7th Graders are required to read A LONG WALK TO WATER by Linda Sue Park
            - Book Two: Free Choice

            - You can, of course, read more than two!

   2.  Rate and Review both books
          -  Click on this link:                  
            -  Submit a separate rate/review for both books

   3.  Create ONE project for any of the 3 books you read 
          - You may choose a project from the list below, or create your own original idea. 
          - You may do your project on the book you read from The Big 6; or one of your free choice books.
            - 
Points earned for your project submission will be used in the LIBRARY LABYRINTH game when we return to school in the fall.

Tasks to Earn POINTS

 


Book Trailer - Create a book trailer using iMovie.  
LINK TO SUBMIT        LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS (Movie Maker)       LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS(iMovie)
 


Create a Crossword with terms from your book - we might use it in our Labyrinth Game *
LINK TO SUBMIT        LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS (CROSSWORD MAKER)
                               * Use all of the starred words in Booked for extra points


Create a Podcast - Make a podcast describing your book, impressions, reactions, etc. 
LINK TO SUBMIT          


Create another kind of logic or word game we might use in our Labyrinth Game (Word Search, 
LINK TO SUBMIT


Piece of Artwork  - Create artwork inspired by your book: poster, sculpture, diorama, etc.
LINK TO SUBMIT (PHOTO OF ARTWORK)    
 

Movie Poster - Create a poster promoting your book (if it were to be made into a blockbuster movie) (
LINK TO SUBMIT
 
Comic Strip/Graphic Novel - Make a comic strip or graphic novel version of your book. 
LINK TO SUBMIT
 


Rap, Song or Parody  - Write a rap or song that relates to your book. Record it for 10 more points!   
LINK TO SUBMIT
 

 OR
Have another idea? Submit it here!
LINK TO SUBMIT
 


Questions?  Contact Ms. Stockwood:  estockwood@concordps.org

 

Assignment #2 (Grade 8):

   1.  Read at least two additional books: 
          - Book One: All 8th Graders are required to read THE GIVER by Lois Lowry

               ** Template for The Giver:  GRADE 8 SUMMER READING TEMPLATE **
              
            - Book Two: Free Choice

            - You can, of course, read more than two!

   2.  Rate and Review both books
          -  Click on this link:                  
            -  Submit a separate rate/review for both books

   3.  Create ONE project for any of the 3 books you read 
          - You may choose a project from the list below, or create your own original idea. 
          - You may do your project on the book you read from The Big 6; or one of your free choice books.
            - 
Points earned for your project submission will be used in the LIBRARY LABYRINTH game when we return to school in the fall.

Tasks to Earn POINTS

 


Book Trailer - Create a book trailer using iMovie.  
LINK TO SUBMIT        LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS (Movie Maker)       LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS(iMovie)
 


Create a Crossword with terms from your book - we might use it in our Labyrinth Game *
LINK TO SUBMIT        LINK TO INSTRUCTIONS (CROSSWORD MAKER)
                               * Use all of the starred words in Booked for extra points


Create a Podcast - Make a podcast describing your book, impressions, reactions, etc. 
LINK TO SUBMIT          


Create another kind of logic or word game we might use in our Labyrinth Game (Word Search, 
LINK TO SUBMIT


Piece of Artwork  - Create artwork inspired by your book: poster, sculpture, diorama, etc.
LINK TO SUBMIT (PHOTO OF ARTWORK)    
 

Movie Poster - Create a poster promoting your book (if it were to be made into a blockbuster movie) (
LINK TO SUBMIT
 
Comic Strip/Graphic Novel - Make a comic strip or graphic novel version of your book. 
LINK TO SUBMIT
 


Rap, Song or Parody  - Write a rap or song that relates to your book. Record it for 10 more points!   
LINK TO SUBMIT
 

 OR
Have another idea? Submit it here!
LINK TO SUBMIT
 


Questions?  Contact Ms. Stockwood:  estockwood@concordps.org