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Summer Mailings

Site: Eastchester Middle School
Course: Eastchester Middle School
Book: Summer Mailings
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Date: Friday, May 29, 2020, 10:30 AM

Please use the links in the "Table of Contents" to access the supply list and reading lists for your child's grade.

For your convenience, printable versions of the information can also be found by clicking the links below:

Printable Documents:



Grade 6 - Please purchase supplies such as notebooks, folders and binders in the specific color noted for each subject area.

ELA (Red)
  • 2 two pocket folders – one red and one black
  • Post-it notes

Math (Purple)
  • Casio fx-300 MS calculator
  • 1 2” Binder with round rings
  • 1 two pocket poly folder

Social Studies (Blue)

  • 1 two pocket folder

Science (Green)

  • 2 two pocket folders – one green and one black
  • 1 pack of graph paper

General Supplies

  • 2 five subject notebooks
  • 2 Marble notebooks
  • 2 packs of # 2 pencils
  • 1 pack of loose leaf paper
  • 1 ruler
  • 2 packs of blue/black pens
  • 2 highlighters
  • white-out
  • 3 boxes of tissues
  • crayons/colored pencils
  • 1 pencil sharpener
  • 1 pencil case

6th Gr Library Info.

  • 1 two pocket folder
  • earbuds

Grade 7 - Please purchase supplies such as notebooks, folders and binders in the specific color noted for each subject area.

ELA (Red)
  • 1 five subject spiral notebook with plastic cover
  • 2 two pocket folders
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1 gallon-sized Ziploc bag
  • 5 highlighters (must be orange, green blue, yellow and pink – no gel highlighters)
  • 1 Glue Stick
  • 1 3-pack of 3x3” post-it notes

Math (Purple)

  • Casio fx 300MS scientific calculator
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1 1 ½” 3 hole binder
  • 1 set dividers for 3 ring binder
  • 1 3” binder (to be kept at home)
  • 1 pack loose leaf paper
  • Paper reinforcements

Social Studies (Blue)

  • 1 pocket folder
  • 1 three subject spiral notebook
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1 pack of index cards
  • index card organizer
  • 1 box pens
  • 1 box pencils

Science (Green)

  • 2 two pocket folders with holes
  • 1 three ring binder single subject
  • 1 1-subject notebook
  • 1 box of tissues
  • Index cards
  • Binder dividers

Foreign Language (Black)

  • 1 pocket folder
  • 1 marble composition book
  • 1 three ring binder for Leptak, Logan, and Astarita

General Supplies

  • 1 box #2 pencils
  • erasers
  • blue/black pens
  • highlighters
  • white out
  • 1 pack 500 index cards
  • 1 pack loose leaf paper
  • colored pencils

Physical Education – All Grades

  • Combination lock for gym locker
  • Any combination of: shorts, t-shirt, sweatshirt and sweatpants.  
  • Sneakers with laces and socks.
  • No jeans.  No shorts, jeggings, or pants with zippers, buttons, or snaps.
  • Hair ties for girls
  • Gym bag

Grade 8

  • 1 pocket folder
  • 1 three subject notebook with holes and perforated paper

  • 1 two inch Binder w/pockets
  • 1 pack of dividers
  • 3 pack of loose leaf paper
  • 1 pack of loose leaf graph paper
  • Scientific calculator (Casio fx-300 MS)
  • 2 mechanical pencils/lead refill
  • 1 folder with 3 holes
  • 1 pack of fine point dry erase markers
  • Integrated Algebra ONLY: same as above PLUS Graphing Calculator (T1-84 Plus)       

  • Scientific calculator
  • 1 three ring binder with pockets and dividers
  • 1 pencil case for 3-ring binder
  • color pencils
  • pencils
  • highlighters
Social Studies

  • 1 one inch binder with paper (3 prongs)
Foreign Language

  • 1 pocket folder
  • 1 marble composition book
  • 1 three ring binder for Astarita/Logan
  • 1 box of tissues
General Supplies

  • 1 pack of blue/black pens
  • 1 pack of #2 pencils
  • 4 pack of loose leaf wide ruled paper
  • 1 pack of 3x5 index cards
  • eraser
  • highlighter
  • 2 bottles of white out
  • 6  pocket folders
  • USB flash drive (2G)
  • Supplies for home:
    • atlas
    • stapler
    • colored pencils
    • loose-leaf paper

Health 6 & 7

  • 1 one-inch, 3 ring soft cover binder
  • 1 pack of three dividers
  • Loose leaf paper
Health 8

  • 1 one-inch, 3 ring soft cover binder
  • 1 pack of six dividers
  • Loose leaf paper
  • 1 folder
  • Pen, pencil, highlighter
ESL – Beginner, Int. and Advanced

  • 2 boxes of tissues

  • 6th Grade: Strictly Strings Book 1
  • 7-8th Grade: Strings Book 2
  • Rosin
  • 3 ring binder w/12 plastic sheets
  • Shoulder rest for violinists and violists.

  • 6th Grade: Standard of Excellence Book 1 by Bruce Pearson
  • 7th and 8th Grade: Standard of Excellence Book 2 by Bruce Pearson
  • 1 three ring binder w/12 plastic sheets
  • #2 pencils
Digital Cit. - 6, 7 & 8, Independent  Inq. - 7
  • 1 two pocket-folder
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • 1 canister of Clorox Wipes or box of tissues


  • 1 black ultra fine point sharpie
  • 1 black fine point sharpie
  • #2 pencils
  • Eraser
  • 2 binder clips

Global Tech 7 and 8
  • 1 box of pencils
  • 1 Marble notebook


  • 1 folder
  • 1 composition size marble notebook

AIS Math

  • 3 subject spiral notebook
  • 1 folder
  • 1 pack Fine dry erase markers

AIS Humanities

  • 1 inch flexible binder
  • Loose leaf
  • 1 pocket folder

Language Lab

  • 1 one subject notebook
  • 1 two pocket folder
  • 1 pack 4x6 index cards

Adv. In Music

  • 1 one subject notebook
  • 1 pack loose leaf paper

Reading Workshop

  • 1 Marble notebook
  • 1 two pocket folder
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 1 highlighter

Problem Solving 8

  • Composition book
  • Pocket folder
  • 2 packets of pens/pencils
  • tissues

All materials for grade 6

June, 2017

Dear Incoming 6 th Grade Student,

We hope that you have an enjoyable and relaxing summer, but we don’t want you to forget all of the skills you have worked on during 5th grade. To keep your skills sharp, we require that you read two novels this summer. All students MUST read the novel Ungifted by Gordon Korman, as well as any other novel from the provided list.

Throughout 6 th grade, we will explore characters and their development throughout a novel. The topic of characterization will reoccur in our 6 th grade class discussions and assignments.

Summer Reading Assignment:

After you read Ungifted by Gordon Korman, complete the graphic organizer using the five aspects of characterization. We will refer to the S.T.E.A.L. method of characterization throughout our school year together, and we would like you to use this method for your assignment. Please see the acronym below.

  • S = what the character SAYS
  • T = what the character THINKS
  • E = the EFFECT the character has on other characters
  • A = the ACTIONS and behaviors of the character
  • L = how the character LOOKS and dresses

Have a great summer!

6 th Grade E.L.A. Department


First, Please click here to download and print the graphic organizer (it's on page two of the attached file).

Once it is printed, please fill out the title, author and character’s name for the realistic fiction novel of your choice.
After reading the novel, ​ Ungifted​ by Gordon Korman, complete the graphic organizer below by identifying 5 different traits for the character of your choice. ​ A trait is an adjective that describes a character (examples: brave, intelligent, energetic, kind).​ Be sure to use text evidence from the novel to support each trait. Finally, list a variety of page numbers to identify where each piece of text evidence,lifted from the novel, was found.Please click here to download and print the graphic organizer.

Required Read (​must be read by all students entering 6th grade​)

Korman, Gordon. ​ Ungifted

From #1 ​ New York Times ​ bestselling author Gordon Korman comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel in which one middle-school troublemaker accidentally moves into the gifted and talented program—and changes everything. For fans of Louis Sachar and Jack Gantos, this funny and touching underdog story is a lovable and goofy adventure with robot fights, middle-school dances, live experiments, and statue-toppling pranks!

Realistic Fiction

Applegate, Katharine. ​ The One and Only Ivan

Newbery Award. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. “In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte’s Web ​and ​ Stuart Little​, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.”(from the publisher)

Clements, Andrew. ​ The Report Card.

Fifth-grader Nora Rowley has always hidden the fact that she is a genius. All she wants is to be normal. When she comes up with a plan to prove that grades are not important, things begin to get out of control. Also try ​ Frindle, Lunch Money, The Landry News.

Creech, Sharon. ​ Absolutely Normal Chaos

A prequel to the Newbery Medal-winning ​ Walk Two Moons, ​Mary Lou's summer journal which she begins grudgingly as a dreaded assignment for school, becomes a hilarious chronicle of the circle of people and events that make her summer a time filled with lessons and observations on love, death, friendship, and family. Also try ​ The Wanderer, Replay and Love That Dog!

Giff, Patricia Reilly. ​ Pictures of Hollis Wood.

A troublesome twelve-year-old orphan, staying with an elderly artist who needs her, remembers the only other time she was happy in a foster home, with a family that truly seemed to care about her. Others are: ​ Lilly’s Crossing, Gift of the Pirate Queen, House of Tailors, Water Street.

Spinelli, Jerry. ​ Stargirl.

​“Did you see her? You see her?” This is all Leo hears as he walks the halls, and he soon meets the infamous new girl, Stargirl. With her ukulele in the cafeteria, flowers on her desk, strange pets and even stranger ideas about happiness she certainly gets their attention, and yours too! Also try ​ Loser, Maniac Magee, Crash, Wringer, Eggs and the latest Love, Stargirl! ​!

Vail, Rachel. ​ Lucky.

As Phoebe and her clique of privileged girlfriends get ready to graduate from eighth grade, a financial scandal threatens her family's security--as well as Phoebe's social status--but ultimately it teaches her the real meaning of friendship. Next in the series,​ Gorgeous ​and Brilliant​.

Historical Fiction

Cowley, Marjorie. ​ The Golden Bull

Brother and sister Jomar and Zefa must learn to respect each others’ strengths and build a new relationship when they are sent from their home by their father to the city of Ut in ancient Mesopotamia, where Jomar becomes an apprentice to a master goldsmith who is embellishing a magnificent lyre to be used in the temple.


Lunge-Larsen, Lise. ​ Gifts from the Gods

Ancient words and wisdom from Greek and Roman Mythology. Ancient names come to rich and fascinating life in this lavishly illustrated book for mythology fans and word lovers.


Avi, ​ Crispin: the Cross of Lead

Set in 14th century England, a boy known as “Asta’s son” is fingered for the village priest’s murder and is wanted dead or alive. A real page-turner.

Feinstein, John. ​ The Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery

Two teenage sportswriters try to uncover a blackmail scheme at the NCAA Final Four. “Young basketball fans will most appreciate the caper, but mystery buffs will also turn these pages eagerly,” (Publisher’s Weekly)

Riordan, Rick. ​ 39 Clues: the Maze of Bones

Orphans Amy and Dan belong to a rich and powerful family related to nearly everyone important in history. When their grandmother dies, she leaves 39 clues, spread across the planet, to a treasure that will make the finder immensely powerful. So all the relatives, none of them decent or honest (except Amy and Dan, of course), compete to find and solve the clues while trying to eliminate their competition.

Korman, Gordon. ​ Swindle

Griffin Bing’s family needs money and he discovers the solution to all of their problems- a 1920 Babe Ruth baseball card found in an abandoned home. Unfortunately, the local pawn shop swindles him out of the card, and he and his friends set out to right the wrong.

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Colfer, Eoin. ​ Artemis Fowl​.

​When a twelve-year old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology and a particularly nasty troll. (Available on CD in the school library.) Read what follows: ​ Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident​, ​ Artemis Fowl: Eternity Code, ​and ​ Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception.  Also try ​ Wish List, and Supernaturalist​.

DuPrau, Jeanne. City of Ember​ .

In the year 241, twelve-year-old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions and to try to save her world. Then catch the sequel ​ People of Sparks or the prequel Prophet of Yonwood​.

Funke, Cornelia. ​ Thief Lord.

Welcome to the magical underworld of Venice, Italy, where hidden canals and crumbling rooftops shelter runaways and children with incredible secrets. Don’t forget​ Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath ​and​ Dragon Rider!

MacHale, D.J. ​ Merchant of Death – Book 1 in the Pendragon Series.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon, having learned he is a Traveler--someone who can ride "flumes" through time and space-- is soon off to the alternative dimension of Denduron where he teams up with Loor, a girl his age from the warrior-territory of Zadaa, in an attempt to save the gentle Milago people from slavery. Lots of adventure, and the series continues. Be sure to read them all!

Riordan, Rick. ​ The Lightning Thief.

What if the gods of Olympus were alive in the 21​st​ century? What if they fell in love with mortals and had children who might become great heroes – like Theseus, Jason and Hercules. What if you were one of those children? Such is the discovery that launches 12 year old Percy Jackson on the most dangerous quest of his life. More books follow in the Percy Jacksonand the Olympians ​series.

Graphic Novels

Kinney, Jeff. ​ Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Even though Greg Heffley would rather play video games with his friend Rowley than write in the journal that his mother gives him, he uses it to record, in pictures and in text, the harrowing and clever ways in which he navigates the middle school social scene.  Undersized and skinny, Greg has adventures that center on how he manages to separate himself from the geeks and how he evades bigger bullies by employing quick wit and harebrained ideas.

Runton, Andy.​ Owly, Volume 1: The Way Home and the Bittersweet Summer.

Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the lookout for new friends and adventure. In this comic Owly discovers the meaning of friendship, and that saying goodbye doesn't always mean forever.

​Siegel, Siena Cherson.​ To Dance: A Memoir.

Dancers are young when they first dream of dance. Siena was six -- and her dreams kept skipping and leaping, circling and spinning, from airy runs along a beach near her home in Puerto Rico, to dance class in Boston, to her debut performance on stage with the New York City Ballet.

Smith, Jeff.​ Bone: Out from Boneville​.

Meet Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, three cousins who are run out of their home, Boneville, and become separated in the wilds, but reunite at a farmstead in a deep forested valley, where Fone meets a young girl named Thorn.

Sports : Fiction

Lupica, Mike. ​ Travel Team

Danny is crushed when he is cut from the travel basketball team because he is too short, but he suspects that it is really because of bad blood between his father and the coach. So, he and the others who were cut from their own squad, coached by Danny’s father, but really under Danny’s leadership, head to the climactic game against their arch rivals. Summerball​ is the sequel. He’s also written​ Heat​, ​ Wild Pitch, Miracle on 49th Street.

All materials for grade 7

June, 2017

Dear Incoming 7th Graders,

We hope that you have an enjoyable and relaxing summer! At the same time, we don’t want to see you forget all of the skills you have worked so hard on during 6th grade. To keep your skills sharp, we are requiring you to read two novels this summer and complete a few tasks.

All 7th Graders MUST read two grade-level appropriate novels. At least one of your book selections should come from the suggested book list. The book of your choice CANNOT be a book with a film version. Please also watch or be familiar with the movie Finding Nemo as this will be common reference points in our instruction.

Throughout the course of the year we will be exploring the theme of transformation on top of our exploration of the structures of stories and how authors transform traditional structures. This theme will be a reoccurring topic in both our class discussions and writing for each unit we study.


  • Book Cover: Complete the book cover worksheet in this packet.
    • Print out or draw the cover of the book
    • Record title and author
    • Record first line(s) [1-2 sentences] of each book
  • Descriptive Passage: Complete the worksheet in this packet.
    • Re-type or photocopy the most descriptive passage from ONE of the books → Choose a paragraph with the best description of something that draws you in, peaks your interest, or makes you think.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the 7th grade ELA teachers. Have a great summer!

Mrs. DeMarco -

Mr. O’Connor - PO’

Ms. Lieto -

First, Please click here to download and print the graphic organizer (it's on pages 2-3 of the attached file).

Once it is printed, please fill out the title, author and character’s name for the realistic fiction novel of your choice.
After reading the novel, ​ Ungifted​ by Gordon Korman, complete the graphic organizer below by identifying 5 different traits for the character of your choice. ​ A trait is an adjective that describes a character (examples: brave, intelligent, energetic, kind).​ Be sure to use text evidence from the novel to support each trait. Finally, list a variety of page numbers to identify where each piece of text evidence,lifted from the novel, was found.Please click here to download and print the graphic organizer.

[Grade complexity Lexile band 860L- 1185L]


Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. (Sequel is Forge)

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out.

Avi. Nothing but the Truth

Ninth grader Philip Malloy is suspended for humming the National Anthem during homeroom. When the story hits the national news, the results of telling nothing but the truth unfold in surprising way.

Bloor, Edward. Tangerine

Though legally blind, Paul Fisher can see what others cannot. He can see that his parents' constant praise of his brother, Erik, the football star, is to cover up something that is terribly wrong. But no one listens to Paul--until his family moves to Tangerine. In this Florida town, weird is normal: Lightning strikes at the same time every day, a sinkhole swallows a local school, and Paul the geek finds himself adopted into the toughest group around: the soccer team.

Bradley, Alan. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Cass, Kiera. The Selection

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

Charbonneau, Joelle. The Testing

It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about— hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Clare, Cassandra. The Mortal Instruments

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

Cooney, Caroline B. The Face on the Milk Carton

No one ever really paid close attention to the faces of the missing children on the milk cartons. But as Janie Johnson glanced at the face of the ordinary little girl with her hair in tight pigtails, wearing a dress with a narrow white collar—a three-year-old who had been kidnapped twelve years before from a shopping mall in New Jersey—she felt overcome with shock. She recognized that little girl.

Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate War

Does Jerry Renault dare to disturb the universe? You wouldn't think that his refusal to sell chocolates during his school's fundraiser would create such a stir, but it does; it's as if the whole school comes apart at the seams. To some, Jerry is a hero, but to others, he becomes a scapegoat--a target for their pent-up hatred.

Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the "Indian-ness in her blood," travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells them of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a "potential lunatic," and whose mother disappeared.

Dionne, Erin. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

All Hamlet Kennedy wants is to be a normal eighth grader. But with parents like hers - Shakespearean scholars who actually dress in Elizabethan public! - it's not that easy. As if they weren't strange enough, her genius seven-year-old sister will be attending her middle school, and is named the new math tutor. Then, when the Shakespeare Project is announced, Hamlet reveals herself to be an amazing actress. Even though she wants to be average, Hamlet can no longer hide from the fact that she- like her family - is anything but ordinary.

Grant, Michael. Gone Series

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happening.

Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust

In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family's wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Depression.

Holmberg, Charlie N. The Paper Magician

Ceony Twill arrives at the cottage of Magician Emery Thane with a broken heart. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined, Ceony is assigned an apprenticeship in paper magic despite her dreams of bespelling metal. And once she’s bonded to paper, that will be her only magic…forever.

Lord, Cynthia. Rules

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"---in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of friend, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Lu, Marie. Legend

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

Lupica, Mike. Travel Team

Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

Meyer, Marissa. Cinder

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl.

Meyer, Stephanie. The Host

Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Morgenstern, Erin. The Night Circus

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

Paolini, Christopher. The Inheritance Cycle

The unforgettable, worldwide bestselling saga of one boy, one dragon, and a world of adventure. When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Rinaldi, Ann. Great Episodes (Except An Acquaintance with Darkness - We will read during the year)

A Ride into Morning

Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons

Come Juneteenth

A Break with Charity

Cast Two Shadows

The Ever-After Bird

The Fifth of March

The Coffin Quilt

Juliet's Moon

Finishing Becca

The Staircase

The Letter Writer

The Secret of Sarah Revere

Or Give Me Death



Keep Smiling Through

An Unlikely Friendship



Rylander, Chris. The Fourth Stall

Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. He and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boy's bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming. Or at least it was, until this particular Monday. Because this Monday is when Mac and Vince find out that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is there's no one left to solve yours.

Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship— the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Shusterman, Neil. Unwind

In America after the Second Civil War, the Pro-Choice and Pro-Life armies came to an agreement: The Bill of Life states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until a child reaches the age of thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, a parent may choose to retroactively get rid of a child through a process called "unwinding."

Sloan, Holly. Counting by 7s

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

Steinbeck, John. The Pearl

Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon." With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security.

Stratton, Allan. The Grave Robber's Apprentice

Join Hans and Angela on their grand adventure as they ride through the depths of the great forest, sled down a mountain in a coffin, and sneak along the secret passageways of the archduke's palace. The Grave Robber's Apprentice is a world of highwaymen, hermits, and dancing bears; and of a boy separated from his family by the sea.

Summers, Courtney. This is Not a Test

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad.

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This childhood classic relates a small-town boy's pranks and escapades with timeless humor and wisdom. In addition to his everyday stunts (searching for buried treasure, trying to impress the adored Becky Thatcher), Tom experiences a dramatic turn of events when he witnesses a murder, runs away, and returns to attend his own funeral and testify in court.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. The Running Dream

When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.

Westerfeld, Scott. Afterworlds (We will read Uglies during the year)

Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.


Alphin and Vestraete. Germ Hunter: A Story About Louis Pasteur

Growing up in the 1830s, Louis Pasteur saw the horrifying effects of diseases like rabies and tuberculosis. He spent his lifetime searching for answers to his many questions and saved millions of lives with his discoveries.

Aronson, Marc and Budhos, Marina Tamar. Sugar Changed the World: A story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science

“Only 4 percent of the slaves taken from Africa were brought to North America, which means that 96 percent went to the Caribbean, Brazil, and the rest of South America, mostly to work with sugar.” This surprising fact points to the authors’ contention that the enormous growth in the sugar trade in the 17th and 18th centuries was the major factor in slavery. They argue, too, that sugar was instrumental in spreading the idea of freedom, an idea that changed the world.

Bardoe and Smith. Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas

How do mothers and fathers—whether they are apple trees, sheep, or humans—pass down traits to their children? This question fascinated Gregor Mendel throughout his life. Regarded as the world’s first geneticist, Mendel overcame poverty and obscurity to discover one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals, plants, and people all inherit and pass down traits through the same process, following the same rules.

Burgan, Michael. Breaker Boys: How a Photograph Helped End Child Labor

Photographs can change history. So contends this and other entries in the valuable “Captured History” series. Breaker Boys’ straightforward text focuses on a 1911 photograph by Lewis Hine of a group of boys who sorted coal at a Pennsylvania mine for 10 hours a day. The four chapters discuss coal mining, children in the mines, Hine and his work, and the slow changes in child labor laws.

Busby, Cylin. The Year We Disappeared

When Cylin Busby was nine years old, she was obsessed with Izod clothing, the Muppets, and a box turtle she kept in a shoebox. Then everything changed overnight. Her police officer father, John, was driving to his shift when someone leveled a shotgun at his window. The blasts that followed left John's jaw on the passenger seat of his car—literally. The suspect? A local ex-con with rumored mob connections. Overnight, the Busbys went from being the "family next door" to one under 24-hour armed guard, with police escorts to school, and no contact with friends. Worse, the shooter was still on the loose.

Coppeland, Misty. Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Davis, Mo'ne. Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name

In August 2014, Mo'ne Davis became the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and a month later she earned a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. She was thirteen years old.

DePrince, Michaela. Taking Flight

Michaela DePrince was known as girl Number 27 at the orphanage, where she was abandoned at a young age and tormented as a “devil child” for a skin condition that makes her skin appear spotted. But it was at the orphanage that Michaela would find a picture of a beautiful ballerina en pointe that would help change the course of her life.

Douglas, Gabrielle. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith

In the 2012 London Olympics, US gymnast Gabrielle Douglas stole hearts and flew high as the All-Around Gold Medal winner, as well as acting as a critical member of the US gold-medal-winning women gymnastics team. In this personal autobiography, Gabrielle tells her story of faith, perseverance, and determination, demonstrating you can reach your dreams if you let yourself soar.

Goodall, Jane. My Life with the Chimpanzees

From the time she was a girl, Jane Goodall dreamed of a life spent working with animals. Finally she had her wish. When she was twenty-six years old, she ventured into the forests of Africa to observe chimpanzees in the wild. On her expeditions she braved the dangers with leopards and lions in the African bush.

Griffin, Loree. Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

This fascinating photo-essay presents the work of an oceanographer who studies ocean currents by following the movement of debris like rubber ducks and hockey gloves spilled by container ships into the Pacific. Students can identify principles of ocean movement and issues around pollution.

Freedman, Russell. Who Was First? Discovering America

In looking at beliefs about who first discovered America, Freedman starts with Christopher Columbus and moves backward in time to examine claims about earlier explorers. He shows that some claims don’t have adequate evidence, but also looks at one from an amateur historian that is now accepted.

Hoose, Phillip. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor 895

For the past 20 years, a bird nicknamed the Moonbird has flown annually from Patagonia to the Arctic and back, a round-trip of 18,000 miles. Unfortunately, the remarkable species of rufa Red Knots is diminishing in number for several reasons. Hoose brilliantly weaves together the Moonbird’s story, the threats to the species, and the international effort to save these birds.

Mann, Charles C. 1491

1491 is not so much the story of a year, as of what that year stands for: the long-debated (and often-dismissed) question of what human civilization in the Americas was like before the Europeans crashed the party. The history books most Americans were (and still are) raised on describe the continents before Columbus as a vast, underused territory, sparsely populated by primitives whose cultures would inevitably bow before the advanced technologies of the Europeans. For decades, though, among the archaeologists, anthropologists, paleolinguists, and others whose discoveries Charles C. Mann brings together in 1491, different stories have been emerging.

O’Reilly, Bill. Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

Provides an account of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, discussing how actor John Wilkes Booth and his fellow Confederate sympathizers hatched their murderous plot, and following the ensuing manhunt, trials, and executions of the conspirators.

Schlosser, Eric and Wilson, Charles. Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food

Fast food—good or bad? In adapting Schlosser’s best seller Fast Food Nation, the authors thoughtfully added material relevant to teens about how fast food is marketed to young people and about teenagers who work in fast food restaurants. They point to problems with working conditions at the restaurants and with inhumane treatment of animals at companies that supply meat.

Sheinkin, Steve. The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

Most people know that Benedict Arnold was America's first, most notorious traitor. Few know that he was also one of its greatest war heroes. This accessible biography introduces young readers to the real Arnold: reckless, heroic, and driven. Packed with first-person accounts, astonishing battle scenes, and surprising twists, this is a gripping and true adventure tale.

Sheinkin, Steve. Lincoln's Grave Robbers

The action begins in October of 1875, as Secret Service agents raid the Fulton, Illinois, workshop of master counterfeiter Ben Boyd. Soon after Boyd is hauled off to prison, members of his counterfeiting ring gather in the back room of a smoky Chicago saloon to discuss how to spring their ringleader. Their plan: grab Lincoln's body from its Springfield tomb, stash it in the sand dunes near Lake Michigan, and demand, as a ransom, the release of Ben Boyd --and $200,000 in cash.

Silverstein, Ken. The Radioactive Boy Scout

Growing up in suburban Detroit, David Hahn was fascinated by science. While he was working on his Atomic Energy badge for the Boy Scouts, David’s obsessive attention turned to nuclear energy. Throwing caution to the wind, he plunged into a new project: building a model nuclear reactor in his backyard garden shed.

Stone, Tanya Lee. Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream

In the early 1960s, 13 women highly qualified to become astronauts were excluded by NASA from the Mercury space program. One of the book’s main themes is that society minimized women’s abilities and restricted their opportunities.

Swanson, James. Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Tells the story of the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth and gives a day-by-day account of the wild chase to find this killer and his accomplices.

Thornhill, Jan. This is My Planet: The Kids' Guide to Global Warming

Provides young readers with advice on how to live more ecologically, explains climate change, and explores the resilience and adaptability of the earth.

Yousafzai, Malala and Lamb, Christina. I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.


People worth reading about or books by these individuals as they relate to the content you will learn in 7th grade

Roebling, John (Architect)

Lee, Robert E. (Historical Figure)

DaVinci, Leonardo (Artist and Inventor)

Lewis and Clark (Historical Figure)

Kahlo, Frida (Artist)

Lincoln, Abraham (Historical Figure)

Alcott, Louisa May (Author)

Paine, Thomas (Historical Figure)

Poe, Edgar Allan (Author and Poet)

Revere, Paul (Historical Figure)

Twain, Mark (Author)

Washington, George (Historical Figure)

Bach, Johann Sebastian (Composer)

Braille, Louis (Inventor)

Handel, George Frideric (Composer)

Euclid (Mathematician)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (Composer)

Pythagoras (Mathematician)

Tesla, Nikola (Engineer)

Key, Francis Scott (Musician)

Andre, John (Historical Figure)

Dickinson, Emily (Poet)

Arnold, Benedict (Historical Figure)

Frost, Robert (Poet)

Brown, John (Historical Figure)

Thoreau, Henry (Poet)

Burr, Aaron (Historical Figure)

Franklin, Rosalind (Scientist)

Douglass, Frederick (Historical Figure)

Jemison, Dr. Mae C. (Scientist)

Franklin, Benjamin (Historical Figure and Inventor)

Leeuwenhoek, Anton van (Scientist)

Grant, Ulysses (Historical Figure)

McClintock, Barbara (Scientist)

Hamilton, Alexander (Historical Figure)

Pastor, Louie (Scientist)

∙Jackson, Andrew (Historical Figure)

All materials for grade 8

June, 2017

Dear EMS Class of 2018,

There’s nothing like sitting in a shady spot and reading a great book during the summer. Educational experts agree that students who read regularly perform better in class, on exams, and on standardized tests like the SAT. Plus, reading makes you more interesting! The Library Media Specialists and your English teachers have done a lot of wonderful work compiling a summer reading list of books that appeal to your interests. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Read Joseph Bruchac’s Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two.
  • Then, select ONE ADDITONAL BOOK from the attached book list.
Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Assignment to be completed before school starts

1. While reading, take active notes about character traits for the protagonist and the conflicts he faces.

2. Once the reading is completed, please construct a fully developed paragraph describing the central conflict in the novel and whether or not the conflict is resolved. Then, explain how the protagonist behaves in the face of this conflict. Cite one piece of text evidence from the novel to illustrate the conflict and one piece of evidence that shows the character’s behavior in the face of this conflict.

Free Choice Book (chosen from the attached list)

Take notes as you read using the following model:

If your choice is FICTION

  1. Setting: time, place, and physical location of stories events
  2. Plot: the sequence of events in a story; exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution
  3. Characterization: Traits to describe acts, thinks, and feels, where they go and what they say.
  4. Theme: the central message or lesson revealed through the story
  5. Conflict: two or more opposing forces (one main conflict and often several smaller ones). Man vs. Man, Man vs. Self, Man vs. Society, Man vs. technology (machine), Man vs. Fate

If your choice is NONFICTION

  1. Who? – important people involved in the topic
  2. What? – explanation/clarification of the topic
  3. Where? – setting of the book When? – setting of the book
  4. Why? – reasons that the book is of interest...what impact does it have on the reader? Why is it an important enough topic to have a book written about it? 6.
  5. How? – explain the way the author conveys the story
In Class Assignment regarding the free choice book (to be completed during school in the month of September):

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the 8th grade ELA teachers. Good luck, happy summer and happy reading!


Mrs. Kearns, Mrs. Montenegro, & Mr. Weiss

  • Mikaelson. Ben Touching Spirit Bear (670)
  • Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes (920)
  • Coone, Donna . Skinny
  • Gruener, Ruth Gruener, Jack and Gratz, Alan Prisoner B-3087
  • Almond, David. Skellig (490)
  • Anderson, M.T. Feed (770)
  • Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One (990)
  • Dashner, James. The Eye of Minds (790)
  • Anderson, Laurie. Fever, 1793 (580)
  • Avi. True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (740)
  • Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light (700)
  • Castellucci, Cecil and Rugg, Jim. Plain Janes (NP)
  • Spiegelman, Art. Maus (NP)
  • Bascomb, Neal. The Nazi Hunters (1000)
  • Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different (1110)
  • Dawson, Mike. Freddie and Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian Rhapsody) (Graphic Novel)( NP)
  • Douglass, Frederick. The Narrative of the Life (1040)
  • Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1010)
  • Hakim, Joy. Einstein Adds a New Dimension (1000)
  • Johnson, Rebecca. Zombie Makers (800)
  • Sheinkin, Steve. Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (920)
  • Walls, Jeanette. The Glass Castle (1010)
  • O’Brien, Robert C. Z for Zachariah (820)