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 2012 Summer Reading Requirements
for Middle School Students

Thayer Academy

Middle School

745 Washington Street

Brainttree MA 02184

781.380.0513

www.thayer.org

Dear Thayer Middle School Students and Parents,
Middle school students will be reading at least three or four books this summer. Expectations are outlined in this letter.

Each 6th grader will read a minimum of 3 books:

  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor or So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (Each student should write a 100-word summary of the work he or she chooses.)
  • One book from the All-School Summer Reading List - posted here on the website
    Note: Students should email the title and author of their selection to Middle School Librarian Amy Sprung (asprung@thayer.org).
  • An additional book chosen by each student (Anything that is 6th grade level or above)
  • 6th grade students will not be tested on their summer reading, but they should have read these books to the best of their ability.  The only writing they need to do is the 100-word summary of The Cay or So Far from the Bamboo Grove.

Each 7th grader will read a minimum of 4 books:

  • The Adventures of Ulysses by Bernard Evslin or Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  • One book from the All-School Summer Reading List - posted here on the website
    Note: New students should email the title and author of their selection to Middle School Librarian Amy Sprung (asprung@thayer.org). (Ms. Sprung already has a record of selections made by students who attended Thayer last year, so this doesn't apply to them.)
  • An additional book chosen by each student (anything that is 7th grade level or above)
  • 7th graders can expect September assignments based on summer reading. 

Each 8th grader will read a minimum of 4 books:

  • Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
  • One book from the All-School Summer Reading List - posted here on the website
    Note: New students should email the title and author of their selection to Middle School Librarian Amy Sprung (asprung@thayer.org). (Ms. Sprung already has a record of selections made by students who attended Thayer last year, so this doesn't apply to them.)
  • Two additional books of his or her choice (books that are 8th grade level or above). One of these books must be nonfiction.
  • 8th graders can expect September assignments based on summer reading.

A defining characteristic of the Thayer community is that we enjoy sharing with each other - that sharing includes conversations about books. Many Thayer students love to read and are lucky to have found this joy that encourages them to keep doing what is so valuable to their academic development. Many of these students will read more books than required this summer. Some students will have to organize their time to make sure they complete the minimum expected. Others won't be able to organize their time on their own and will need help. Some will do their summer reading reluctantly.  

Most students, if not all, see that summer reading helps them grow, keeps them engaged in the most important academic skill, and provides entertainment. Of those who don't find reading entertaining, most probably wish they did - something to keep in mind when working with a reluctant reader. Since we teachers are not working with students as they do their summer reading, encouraging them and holding them accountable becomes more difficult for us. Teachers need parent and student support to make the summer reading program effective.  Without this support, it won't be successful.

Should you have questions or concerns regarding summer reading, please feel free to contact me at 781.664.2209 or charrison@thayer.org).

Sincerely,
Carter Harrison
English Department Head

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