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2021 Summer Reading & Assignments: Middle School

Getting Started

To use this guide, begin by selecting your grade level/program from the tabbed menu at the top of the box below.  

Review the assignments detailed on your grade level/program tab and use the resources below in the MS Reading Extravaganza and Useful Links boxes to help you in completing your work.

Assignments by Grade: 6-8

6th Grade Summer Reading

  • Read a total of 3 books (or more if you choose) and complete the Summer Reading Log found in the assignment
    • Book one: Read something written by the author Kwame Alexander
    • Book two: Read a book written for your age published in 2020 or 2021* (just suggestions)
    • Book three: Choose a book from the MS Reading Extravaganza Book List (see box below).

Assignment Link:

6th Grade HGP Summer Reading

  • Review and complete the linked assignment:
    • Read a selection from the MS Reading Extravaganza Book List (see box below). 

      There is no assignment associated with this selection. We will be meeting in book talk groups to discuss the story during the first week of school. (I recommend you take notes to help you remember the story - sticky note bullet summaries, brain frame, etc

    • Read a book by Kwame Alexander. A list of his books and additional details are in the assignment linked below. 

    • Read a book from a series. Series are a great way to develop a healthy reading habit and find a genre you enjoy. 

    • Keep a list of additional books you may read this summer. Bring it to school on the first day of class. See recommendations on the last page of the assignment linked below. 

    • Write me a letter about yourself and mail it to me. An example is in the assignment linked below. 

Assignment Link:

7th Grade Summer Reading

“Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.”

–Roald Dahl


Review the assignment for full details before you begin.

  1. Read the novel Ghost, by Jason Reynolds.
  2. Once you have finished reading Ghost, type two paragraphs explaining how the main character grows and develops throughout the story.
  3. Read one book from the MS Reading Extravaganza list below.
  4. On the first day of school bring (1) your copy of Ghost, (2) your paragraph (printed and ready to turn in),  and (3) a copy of your MS Extravaganza choice book to school. 

Happy reading!

7th Grade HGP Summer Reading


“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

Nelson Mandela


Review the assignment for full details before you begin

  1. Write 2 Letters:
  • Who are you
  • A moment from your summer
  1. Read Ghost by Jason Reynolds and Complete a 1 pager summary.
  2. Read one book from the MS Reading Extravaganza Book List (see box below).
  3. Read at least one other book. This can be any book that interests you.
    Need some ides on what to read next? Check out Bookends, our guide to online digital reading and video resources: 

8th Grade Summer Reading


  1. Read The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
  2. Complete the reading assignment while you read:
  3. Read one book from the MS Reading Extravaganza Book List (see box below)
  4. Read one book of your choosing. 
    Need some ides on what to read next? Check out Bookends, our guide to online digital reading and video resources:

Assignment Link

MS Reading Extravaganza

Check out the Middle School Reading Extravaganza! We can't wait to meet with you in the fall to talk about the book you read.