This same required novel will be used by all grade levels during advisory.
Students should make the conscious effort to put their best work forward. Please adhere to the following:
Students will complete a double-entry journal with seven quotes and seven reflections over the course of the whole book, Counting by 7’s.
- Write a paragraph giving your opinion on the book. Use these guidelines:
Write about why you like or dislike the book. Give details. For example, was the book confusing? Was it too easy to read, or was it too hard? Was it predictable/believable? Did you like the ending? What was your favorite part? What connections did you make with your life or with other books? Talk about the author’s style of writing and give examples from the book. Minimum five sentences.
- Explain whether you would recommend this book to students, or not. Rate the book from 1-5 stars, five being the best, and give examples from the text why you gave it the rating you did. Examples should include a quote or quotes from the book, or a summary of the part of the book that you liked or did not like.
Nonfiction Article Critique Assignment
Please follow the directions below.
Search for TWO (2) NON-FICTION pieces. The world-wide web is the optimal source for searching. However, not all locations are trustworthy.
One (1) of the pieces must be a non-fiction article. You may use the “Nature of of Modern Science and Scientific Knowledge” by Dr. Martin Nickels article or the “Learning Science” by Isaac Asimov for this assignment. The other piece may be your choice and may include a documentary, non-fiction book, or YouTube video, for example. Remember, both pieces must be NON-FICTION.
First Name & Last Name
Month Day, 2014
8th English & Reading
Mrs. Leahy/Ms. Narvaez
Paragraph 1: Summary of the article including author’s purpose (What did the author want us to know?)
Paragraph 2: What did you learn from this piece of nonfiction?
Paragraph 3: Connect this piece of nonfiction with the novel or another content area, i.e. science, math, history, art, Wonder, etc.
Paragraph 4: What did you think about this article? Do you agree with it? Disagree? Use this last paragraph to reflect.
Note –Required Font Size: 12pt.
Required font: Times New Roman, Calibri, etc
In-text citation is expected when using another source to support your ideas. I will be looking for it.
MLA Citation: Author of the Article – Last Name, First Name; Title of the Article, Date Article was Written or Given to You
Using the nonfiction reflection format below, write a multi-paragraph response for each piece.
Scoring the Article Critique
Students will be assessed in two of the four Language A criterion:
Criterion A – Analyzing Criterion D – Using Language
7 – 8: Response clearly
demonstrates understanding of the task, completes all requirements, and provides an insightful
explanation/opinion that links to or extends aspects of the text.
5 – 6: Response demonstrates an understanding of the task, completes all requirements, and provides some
explanation/opinion using situations or ideas from the text as support.
3 – 4: Response may address all of the requirements, but demonstrates a partial
understanding of the task, and uses text incorrectly or with limited
success resulting in an inconsistent or flawed explanation.
2 – 1: Response demonstrates minimal
understanding of the task, does not complete the requirements, and provides only a vague
reference to or no use of the text.
Response does not provide enough information for the teacher to evaluate.
0: Response is irrelevant or off-topic or has been plagiarized.
8th Grade Summer Reading Turn-In Checklist
Copy of Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
Double-Entry Journal with seven quotes and seven reflections
Book Review for another book, fiction or nonfiction, read on MyOn
Two nonfiction reflections:
Reflection of a nonfiction article
It may be an article from another teacher’s summer reading assignment
Reflection for another piece of nonfiction in whatever format I choose, whether it’s another article, a documentary, a book, a YouTube video, a podcast, an interview….
Sources are cited in-text and as well as on a works cited page.
All of this is due the first week of school. You may email your work when you finish it over the summer to:
or to email@example.com
Independent Reading for 2015-2016 8th Graders
Henry W. Grady Middle School
Eighth grade ELA classes will participate in independent reading throughout the school year. This handout is intended to provide students with a jump-start on the required reading for our first and subsequent independent reading assignments.
Each independent reading unit will involve reading a book from an assigned genre, completing written literature circle questions, sharing in small groups, and completing a written IR (independent reading) assessment. The requirements and expectations of IR questions and assessments will be covered with students in the Fall Semester when school starts.
The written IR assignments that students will do throughout the year will require them to use specific details from the text. Therefore, we strongly urge you to buy copies of the books so that your student will still have the books in his/her possession when it is time to do the assignments.
A tentative timeline for our independent reading assignments is included below for your reference and a list of suggested titles for each IR assignment is included at the end of this handout.
IR (Independent Reading) Genre Timeline for 2015-2016
IR #1 – September/October – Mystery/Science Fiction/Fantasy
IR #2 – November/December – Biography/Nonfiction
IR #3 –-January/February – WWII/Holocaust/War in the Pacific
IR #4 – March/April – Historical fiction with an emphasis on US history
IR #5 – April/May – Free Choice
Each IR Book must meet the following requirements:
-falls under one of the genres requested for that particular IR assignment
-is 200 pages or more (this is only a guideline; if the book is a bit shy of 200 pages, it is acceptable).
-appropriate level of reading and interest for your student
-parent approves of the book (we will collect signed parent approval forms throughout the year)
The first independent reading unit will begin approximately four weeks after school begins. Students will need to bring a copy of their mystery/science fiction/fantasy book with them at this time.
Suggested Titles for Independent Reading Assignments
These are just suggestions. Students may select books not on this list provided that the books meet the previously described requirements and have parent approval.
IR #1 – Mystery/ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror