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2021 MOVE-UP DAY LINK:
7th Grade Summer Reading: Summer 2021
The English Department of Glen Ridge High School believes that summer reading is the best way for a student to continue the learning process, make transitions to new classes and enjoy great books. Current research on summer reading reveals the extent to which a several-month gap in literacy activities can hinder reading growth. Now, more than ever, reading is important.
To this end, we are requiring that you read at least one book over the course of this summer.
Following this required reading list, we have provided additional reading suggestions. We are hopeful that the lists will encourage students to read more as they look forward to the luxury of time that summer will provide.
We’d like to kick off the summer with a thought by the talented and inspirational author, Maya Angelou, who encapsulates the philosophy of the Glen Ridge English Department. In discussing the importance of reading, Angelou once said, “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” Given the challenging times we’ve all been grappling with, let’s embrace the “life-giving power of literature.”
Grade and Course for 2020-2021 school year
Required Summer Reading Book
English 7 Resource
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
English Department Summer Reading Suggestions
We encourage you to read as much as possible this summer! Here are a few lists to inspire you.
- For MS Books recommended by the American Library Association try “Summer Reading List Grades 6-8”.
- Do you enjoy YA books? How about selecting from these fun titles: “Best YA Books of the Decade, According to the Best YA Authors of the Year”.
- Fans of graphic novels, find some recommendations here: “20 of the Best Graphic Novels for Teens” and “ALA’s 20 Great Graphic Novels for Teens”.
To take advantage of free ebooks and audiobooks available through our school library, visit our FolletShelf Virtual Library collection. (User name: glen / Password: ridge)
Audio Book Guide: The Outsiders
Tips for using the audio book to further understanding of the novel
- Choose a quiet place with no distractions or use headphones to block out noise
- Follow along in your novel (this is very important!)
- Have your graphic organizer handy every time you read
- Pause every few pages and be sure you are able to summarize what has happened. If not, go back and reread.
- If you need to take a break, be sure to note the time on the audio track so you can easily return to the passage.
- Indicate important pages and passages by placing sticky notes on them.
- Use your critical reading skills! (summarize, ask questions, predict, visual, draw conclusions, etc.)
To Access The Outsiders Audio:
→Glen Ridge main page → Glen Ridge High School tab → Library → digital resources from drop down menu → Audiobooks → Follett Shelf→login: glen password: ridge → The Outsiders
Chapter Playing Times:
Chapter 1- 33:05
Chapter 2- 31:02
Chapter 3- 27:19
Chapter 4- 24:48
Chapter 5- 28:42
Chapter 6- 24:39
Chapter 7- 33:42
Chapter 8- 20:29
Chapter 9- 32:22
Chapter 10- 16:53
Chapter 11- 9:07
Chapter 12- 25:34Character Chart OPTIONAL COMPLETION:The chart below will help you to keep track of the characters as you read. Please note this is an optional assignment.
- Agenda/Homework Book
- School-issued Chromebook
- 1" Binder (You may considering using a larger binder and sharing with another class)
- Pens, pencils, crayons, highlighters
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