Summer Homework English Language Learners

2014 Summer Homework for English Language Learners (ELL) in 6, 7 & 8 Grade

posted Jun 24, 2014, 12:01 PM by Sylwia Jasinski

Summer Homework English Language Learners (ELL) 

June 2014


It is important during the summer to keep up your reading volume and stamina, which you have worked on so hard during the school year. This summer make sure to:

● Read 2 books. One from one category (fiction or nonfiction) and one from the other

● Write 3 responses for each book.

● Type your responses and place in a folder for September

● The assignment will be collected during the first full week of school (September 8, 2014) and will be counted in the first marking period average. Students should be reading daily for at least 30-35 minutes. This will help them build their independent reading stamina.

Below are a list of possible responses you might consider and a list of books to choose from.

Have a wonderful summer!

Responses to Summer Reading

June 2014

Each of the 2 books requires 3 responses. Choose 3 different responses for each book, for a total of 6 responses. Each response must be at least 2 paragraphs.

1. Describe the kind of person the main character is (character traits) and provide evidence from his/her actions or dialogue to support your description.

2. Describe some the actions of the main character. Why do you think he or she acted the way he or she did?

3. In what ways does the character in the story relate to your own life?

4. Has the main character been treated unfairly? Please explain. How did the character deal with this unfairness?

5. Describe the relationships the main character has with others in the story.

6. Choose a character that inspires you and explain why.

7. Describe the minor characters in the story. Why do you think the author put these characters into the story?

8. Choose 2 characters from the 2 books and compare the problems they faced and how they solved them.

9. Choose another title for 1 of your books and explain your choice.

10. What is the main problem or struggle in the story? How is it solved?

11. Why do you think the author chose the particular setting in your story?

12. Write about your favorite part of two of your books.

13. Write a different ending to one of your stories and explain your choice.

14. What is your book really about? Explain your answer.

15. Write a letter to the author explaining your reactions, thoughts, and/or feelings.

Please choose 2 books to read during the summer vacation.  You may choose one from one category (fiction or non-fiction) and one from the other.  Please write three responses for each book.  A list of possible responses has been provided.  You must type your responses and place in a folder to bring into school on the first day of school.


Recommended Reading for summer


Grade 6 (Levels  N-V)

Grade 7 (Levels P-W)

Grade 8 (Levels  V-Z)


Level N


Amber Brown series –Danziger, Paula

Invisible Stanley series – Brown, Jeff

Julian’s Stories series – Cameron, Ann

The Zack Files series     - Greenburg, Dan


  Helen Keller  -  Davidson, Margaret

Louis Braille –        “

 All Pigs Are Beautiful – King-Smith, David

The Digestive System – Stille, Darlene

Shark Attack – Dukbowski, Cathy East


Level O


The Boxcar Children series – Warner, Gertrude C

Ramona series – Beverly Cleary

Series by Geronimo Stilton

Pippi Longstocking – Lindgren, Astrid

Chocolate Fever – Smith, Robert K


Ant Cities – Dorros, Arthur

Baseball’s Best: Five True Stories – Gutelle, Andrew

Dolphins – Holmes, Kevin J.

Who Was King Tut? – Edwards, Roberta

I Wonder Why Snakes Shed Their Skin and Other Questions About Reptiles – O’Neill, Amanda


Level P


Felita –Mohr, Nicholasa

Stone Fox – Gardiner, John Reynolds

Sideways Stories from Wayside School – Sachar, Louis

Dragon Slayers Academy series – McMullan, Kate

Encyclopedia Brown series – Sobol, Daniel


Bats – Rodriguez, Cindy

Snow Dogs – Whitelaw, Ian

Henry Ford – Venezia, Mike

Wild and Wooly Mammoths – Aliki

The Automobile – Sinclair, Julie


Level Q


Dear Mr. Henshaw – Cleary, Beverly

James and the Giant Peach – Dahl, Roald

Anastasia Krupnik series – Lowry, Lois

Bunnicula series – Howe, James

Last  Summer with Maizon – Woodson, Jacqueline


If You Lived 100 Years Ago – McGovern, Ann

Nature’s Green Umbrella – Gibbons, Gail

The Biography of Bananas – Eagen, Rachel

Black Holes and Other Bizarre Space Objects – Jefferis, David

Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of Death – Price, Sean


Level R


Because of Winn-Dixie – DiCamillo, Kate

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Dahl, Roald

Every Living Thing – Rylant, Cynthia

Hatchet – Paulsen, Gary

Sarah, Plain and Tall – MacLachlan, Patricia


Amelia Earhart: Young Aviator – Gormley, Beatrice

Everything Reptile: What Kids Really Want to Know About Reptiles – Winner, Cherie

Spectacular Sharks – Kalman, Bobbie

Mummies Made in Egypt – Aliki

 Inventing the Television – Richter, Joanne


Level S


The Cricket  in Times Square – Selden, George

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweller – Konigsburg, E.L.

The Great Gilly Hopkins – Paterson, Katherine

The Pinballs – Byars, Betsy

Choose Your Own Adventure series – Montgomery, R.A.


A Boy Called Slow – Bruchac, Joseph

The Tarantula in My Purse – George, Jean C.

How Dogs Came from Wolves – Myers, Jack

Children’s Clothing of t he 1800s – Kalman,

Ellis Island – Jango-Cohen, Judith


Level T


Bridge to Terabithia – Pat erson, Katherine

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Lewis, C. S.

Love That Dog – Creech, Sharon

 The Tiger Rising – DiCamillo, Kate

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – Lewis, C.S.


Sharks – Simon, Seymour

Woodsong – Paulsen, Gary

Lightning – Simon, Seymour

Lost  Star – Lauber, Patricia

Tools and Gadgets – Kalman, Bobbie


Level U


Baseball in April and Other Stories – Soto, Gary

The BFG – Dahl, Roald

Loser – Spinelli, Jerry

No More Dead Dogs – Korman, Gordon

Wringer – Spinelli, Jerry


Insects – Bird, Bettina

The Salem Witch Trials – Martin, Michael

Boys Who Rocked the World: From King Tut to Tiger Woods – Carlsmith, Laura

Breakfast in the Rainforest – Sobol, Richard

T he Tarantula Scientist – Montgomery, Sy


Level V


Becoming Naomi Leon – Ryan, Pam Munoz

Esperanza Rising – Ryan, P am Munoz

Locomotion – Woodson, Jacqueline

A Long Way from Chicago – Peck, Richard

Yolanda’s Genius – Fenner, Carol


Achoo!  The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Germs – Romanek, Trudee

Three Cups of Tea (Young Reader’s Edition) – Mortenson, Greg

Princess Diana – Mattern, Joanne

The Snake Scientist – Montgomery, Sy

Pirates! Raiders of the High Seas – Maynard, Christopher


Level W


Freak the Mighty – Philbrick, Rodman

Maniac Magee – Spinelli, Jerry

The Skin I’m In – Flake, Sharon G

Coraline – Gaiman, Neil

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – Rowling, J.K.


Anne Frank: Life in Hiding – Hurwitz, Johanna

I Am a Star:  Child of the Holocaust – Auerbacher, Inge

Tornadoes – Woods, Michael and Mary

The Hive Detectives – Burns, Loree Griffin

Mummies! Secrets of the Dead – Griffey, Harriet


Level X


Al Capone Does My Shirts – Choldenko, Gennifer

Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie – Sonnenblick, Jordan

Somewhere in the Darkness – Myers, Walter Dean

Out of the Dust – Hesse, Karen

The Glory Field – Myers, Walter Dean


Burp! The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Eating – Swanson, Diane

Through My Eyes – Bridges, Ruby

Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir – Greenfield, Eloise

Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship of Essex – Philbrick, Nathaniel

Phineas Gage:  A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science – Fleischman, John


Level Y


Double Dutch – Draper, Sharon M

After Tupac & D Foster – Woodson, Jacqueline

The Devil’s Arithmetic – Yolen, Jane

Cirque du Freak series – Shan, Darren

Just  Ella – Haddix, Margaret P


The Story of Disney – Bodden, Valeria

Hana’s Suitcase – Levine, Karen

Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 – Bartoletti, Susan C

New Kids in Town: Oral Histories of Immigrant Teens – Bode, Janet

Mountains Around the World – Green, Jen


Level Z


Forged by Fire – Draper, Sharon M.

1984  - Orwell, George

Lord of the Flies – Golding, William

Monster – Myers, Walter Dean

Tears of a Tiger – Draper, Sharon M


Chew on This (Young Reader’s Edition) – Schlosser, Eric

Night – Wiesel, Elie

When Plague Strikes: The Black Death, Smallpox, AIDS – Giblin, James Cross

My Thirteenth Winter: A Memoir – Abeel, Samantha

The Miracle Worker – Gibson, WilliamoHH



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