Middlesex Middle School, Darien, CT 06820
2013 MMS Summer Reading
Updated 6/4/2013

Rationale & Requirements

Summer is a time to break out of usual reading patterns and explore new interests, ideas, and authors. Reading should be viewed as a portal to lifelong learning. It is not a chore, but a mechanism to help students discover themselves through literature. Reading can also bring a lifetime of pleasure and enlightenment. Research strongly suggests that reading, like most skills, improves with practice and decreases when we don't engage in it for even a short time, so we encourage students to read over the summer from a variety of genres.

Each year, incoming students are asked to read at least three books over the summer of their choice. In selecting these books we ask that each book be from a different genre. Some ideas of genres are science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction (includes sports fiction, romance, etc.), fantasy, mystery, non-fiction (biography, autobiography, informational), and adventure/suspense novels.

Upon completion of each book, students are asked to complete a writing component to help them reflect and analyze what they just read. Please check the writing component required at each incoming grade level:

Incoming 6th graders: After completing a book, students must complete a copy of the Grade 6 Summer Book Form listed below. When you return to school, your Grade 6 English teacher will use them to evaluate your reading. Make sure to complete the forms neatly and in as much detail as possible.

Incoming 7th graders: After completing a book, students must complete a copy of the Grade 7 Summer Book Form listed below. When you return to school, your Grade 7 English teacher will use them to evaluate your reading. Make sure to complete the forms neatly and in as much detail as possible.

Incoming 8th graders: NOTE: All incoming 8th graders are expected to read Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper as one of their summer reading books. After completing a book, students must complete a copy of the Grade 8 Summer Book Form listed below. When you return to school in September, your eighth grade teacher will use them to evaluate your reading. Make sure to complete the forms neatly and in as much detail as possible.
NOTE FOR INCOMING ADVANCED ENGLISH STUDENTS: Incoming advanced English students must read four summer reading books and complete the appropriate number of book forms.

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Recommended Book Lists
NOTE: Students do NOT need to stick to just these lists. We are posting these pages simply as a guide to help students choose quality pieces of literature. If you struggle to find a book that interests you, please see a Darien Librarian!

Darien Library Book Lists for Kids: http://www.darienlibrary.org/kids/booklists

Darien Library Summer Books for Teens (includes librarians selections from book talks):
http://www.darienlibrary.org/2010/06/15/summer-books-teens

Barrett Bookstore Suggested Summer Reading for Middle School (organized by genre!): http://www.barrettbookstore.com/suggested-summer-reading-middle-schoolers

Read Kiddo Read: http://www.readkiddoread.com/home

Teenreads.com Ultimate Teen Reading List (this is for older middle school/high school students): http://www.teenreads.com/teenreadscom-ultimate-reading-list

ALA Michael Printz Award-Winners (for students going into grade 8): http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/printzaward/Printz.cfm

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2013 Summer Book Forms - Grades 6, 7 & 8
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