St. Luke’s School

     Summer Required Reading Assignments

    for students entering Grade 6

    Due date for both assignments: the first day of school.


            Students in Grade 6 will be required to read and report on two books during the summer. All students will read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and complete one follow-up option from the activities listed below.


    Choose one of the following options:


    Option 1. Keep a literature log. For each chapter or for every 20 pages write: 

            a response – What is going on in the story? What does it mean? What thoughts and feelings did you have as you read it?

            a question about what you have read

            a connection to something that happened to you or something you read or saw

            a prediction about what will happen next

    Label each log entry according to chapters or page numbers. Do not write a summary of the book.


    Opition 2. Imagine that you are the main character. Write 3 journal entries, one for the beginning of the book, one for the middle, and one for the end. Include what you imagine would be the character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions. Length: 1 or 2 pages total, typed, double spaced, size 12. 


    Option 3. Write a poem about the book which includes elements of the setting, characters, plot, and theme. Length: at least one page typed, double spaced, size 12.


    Option 4. Write a script for a dramatization of one of the chapters or events in the book, and either perform it as reader’s theater for the class or video it to show to the class. You will also pass in the script. Length: a least 2 pages typed, double-spaced, size 12/  


     Option 5. Create a picture book from the story. Tell the story in simple language and illustrate with 10-12 pictures. 


            *Your finished product should represent time and effort and a careful and thoughtful reading of the books. All work should be neatly done, and should not include spelling or grammatical errors. Points will be subtracted for work that is late. 


                    For the second book, choose a book from the following list that you haven’t read before and complete the 4-page form that you will receive in June.


    For a second book, choose from the following list:


    Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt

    When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

    The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

    Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

    Slave Dancer by Paula Fox

    Downriver by Will Hobbs

    The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

    Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

    The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson