Bird Middle School students are required to read a minimum of two books during the summer. All students have one required title based on their grade level and one other book of their choice from theSummer Reading List, for a total of two books. See the grade level instructions below.
Students Entering 6th Grade - Flush by Carl Hiaasen
Students Entering 7th Grade - The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers Edition) by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
Students Entering 8th Grade - The Martian (Classroom Edition) by Andy Weir
You are encouraged to take notes while reading your required grade level book. A Note-taking Guide and a Chapter Summary sheet are available on our website to help you organize your thoughts. The Science teachers will have an assessment or assignment for you shortly after you start school in September. If you have read the book and taken a few notes, you should be able to successfully complete the assignment.
Summer Reading Activities
For the book of your choice from the Summer Reading list, please complete one of the activities listed below.
Write a book review. Write the title, author, and genre of the book. Provide a brief summary of the plot without giving away the ending. Comment on the book’s strengths and weaknesses. Include a favorite quote from the book (cite the page number) and what you enjoyed about this title. Your book review may be published on the BMS Media News blog!
Compose a Tweet. Draft a Tweet promoting a book you have read. Tweets contain up to 140 characters. Be sure to include the title, author, and a very short description without giving the plot away. Writing a short review is harder than you think! Incorporate at least one hashtag # or the author’s handle. A hashtag is used in front of a keyword or phrase and helps categorize the tweet during a search. You can use the following character counter to help you stay below the 140 character limit: http://charactercounttool.com Your tweet could be used on the BMS Media twitter feed!
Create a book talk. Write a script for a 2 minute video book talk. Include the title, author, and genre of the book. Provide a brief summary of the plot without giving away the ending. Comment on the book’s strengths and weaknesses. Include a favorite quote from the book (cite the page number) and what you enjoyed about this title. If you are tech-savvy, film your book talk and include the YouTube url link with your script submission. Your book talk may be used on BMS Morning News!
Design a promotional book poster. Draw a picture of the book cover or an
important scene/element from the book. Make it look like a movie poster. At the top list the title and author. Include a quote from you about why you liked the book and why others should read it too. At the bottom include an exciting plot description without giving away the ending. Your promotional book poster may be hung in the Media Center!
Summer Reading Documents
Summer Reading List - Book descriptions included PDF
Note Taking Guide for all Grades
Chapter Summary Form for all grades
If needed, you can Download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is required to access these documents.