• 7th Grade Summer Reading Expectations           7th Grade Summer Reading Expectations          7th Grade Summer Reading Expectations

    Welcome to 7th grade Language Arts. In preparation for our first few classes together, we ask that you read the novel Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick. Please come to school with the required notes, so that you are prepared for the work we have planned.

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    Summer Reading Expectations:

    • Read the novel "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" by Jordan Sonnenblick AND ONE additional novel of your choice.  (You are not required to jot notes for the second "choice" novel)
    • Jot notes to record your analytical and critical thinking about "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" ONLY.
    • Include only one or two important notes per chapter to track thinking throughout the text.  Notes might pertain to:
      • story elements - characters, setting, conflict, moments of tension, climax, resolution themes, and how elements affect one another.
        • Notice important parts to the whole story.
      • author's crafting or writing techniques - imagery, foreshadowing, flashback, symbolism, repetition, simile, metaphor, personification, etc.
      • Include page numbers so you can refer to important quotes in September.

    One way to think deeply about your reading is to use the "Notice and Notes" Strategies.  Each strategy has questions that can be used to help you think critically about important points.

    CONTRASTS & CONTRADICTIONS - When a character does something that contrasts with what you’d expect or contradicts his earlier acts or statements, STOP and ask, “Why is the character doing that?” The answer will help you make predictions and recognize conflict
    AHA MOMENT - When a character realizes, understands, or finally figures out something, STOP and ask yourself, "How might this change things?"  If it is about a problem, it tells you someting about conflict; if it is a life lesson, it tells you something about the theme.
    TOUGH QUESTIONS-  When a character asks himself a very difficult question, STOP and ask yourself, “What does this question make me wonder about?” The answer will tell you about the conflict, and help you think about what might happen later in the story.
    WORDS OF THE WISER-  When a character (probably older and wiser) takes the main character aside and offers serious advice, STOP and ask, “What’s the life lesson and how might it affect the character?” Possible theme.
    Again & Again  (repetition) - When you notice a word, phrase, or situation mentioned repeatedly, STOP and ask yourself, “Why does this keep repeating?” The answer will tell you about the theme and conflict, or will foreshadow what might happen later in the story.
    Memory Moment  (flashback) - When the author interrupts the action to tell you about an earlier memory, STOP and ask yourself, “Why might this memory be important?”  The answer will tell you about a relationship, theme or conflict or will foreshadow what might happen later.

    STEP 2 - Create a Google document.  Copy and paste the chart below onto that document.  Print this document and bring it to class in September.


    6th Grade LA Teacher: 

    Summer Reading Notes - Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie, by Jordan Sonnenblick

    Pg # Important Text Quote that Prompted Thinking Identify the Sign Post or Author's Craft that Prompted Deeper Thinking. What did this part teach you about the story as a whole?
    Why/How was this text quote important? What did you learn about setting, characters, relationships, change, conflicts, theme, etc.
    Pg # "text evidence that describes/reveals a story element such as characters, setting, conflict, plot, change, theme - " Ex -
    Memory Moment/Flashback
    Again & Again/Repetition
    Words of the Wiser
    Symbolism, Metaphor, Simile, Imagery, etc...

    I can infer that __ will __ because...

    This could imply that __ since...

    This makes me think __ because...

    I wonder if ___will __ since...