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9500 Community House Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
Courier #: 345
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Principal: Jamie Brooks
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-8
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2017 Summer Reading


We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer filled with fun and a few good books. To that end, please see the reading list below for the title required for your Cavalier. Summer Reading is carefully selected by our talented ELA teachers for each grade level. Students can expect a formal assessment grade on Summer Reading no later than mid-September. Don’t wait until then, though, to read!


Please scroll to the end for tips on annotating. Happy Reading!


Rising 6th grade Students: Please read, ANNOTATE, and enjoy Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper. ISBN: 978-1416980452

  • Lexile Level 700

  • Description: In this breakthrough story from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, reminiscent of The Diving Bell, readers will come to meet a brilliant mind and a brave spirit, and remember that every voice is important.


Rising 7th grade Students: Please read, ANNOTATE, and enjoy Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. ISBN# 978-0345505347

  • Lexile Level: 850

  • Description: New York Times bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain "Jamie Ford's first novel explores the age-old conflicts between father and son, the beauty and sadness of what happened to Japanese Americans in the Seattle area during World War II, and the depths and longing of deep-heart love. An impressive, bitter, and sweet debut." --Garth Stein


*Descriptions above are taken from and/or


Rising 8th grade ALL Students: Please read, ANNOTATE and enjoy the anchor title Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. ISBN# 978-0062363602


Rising 8th grade Honors ONLY: Please read, ANNOTATE and enjoy one biography, memoir, OR autobiography of a person who demonstrates heroic traits and characteristics.  Please choose an appropriate title based on your reading level (lexile) and class placement. If you are unsure of your lexile level, please visit to take a very short assessment to gauge your lexile range. will also be able to supply the Lexile Level of the text you are interested in.

  • Please note this text will be used for not only the summer reading assessment, but also your first embedded assessment of Unit 1.

  • There is a suggested list of interdisciplinary titles listed on page two of this document.  If there is a title not on this list that you wish to read, please feel free to choose a different nonfiction title focusing on an individual. Your self-selected title must be of sufficient length (at least 200 pages) and the appropriate level (lexile).

  • PARENTAL WARNING: Some of these titles may have content that families/parents may find inappropriate due to the nature of the book and who it is about, as well as its level.  Please be sure to research your chosen title before purchasing and reading.

  • Please note that ALL students will be reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as their first novel ISBN#978-0060935467 LEXILE LEVEL: 870


8th grade Summer Reading Suggested Titles (Honors Only):

  1. Gifted Hands, The Ben Carson Story by Ben Carson

  2. Marley and Me by John Grogan

  3. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

  4. Unbroken (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Laura Hillenbrand

  5. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Steve Jobs

  6. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

  7. Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board by Bethany Hamilton

  8. Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Michelle Burford and Gabrielle Douglas

  9. Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) by Kathryn J. Atwood

  10. Coach Carter by Jasmine Jones

  11. Stealing Home: The Story Of Jackie Robinson by Barry Denenberg

  12. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

  13. Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-li Jiang

  14. Long Walk to Freedom, The Nelson Mandela Story by Nelson Mandela

  15. Every Day I Fight by Stuart Scott

  16. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  17. American Sniper: The Incredible Biography of an American Hero, Chris Kyle  by Rick Laird

  18. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

  19. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

  20. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

  21. Helen Keller, the Story of My Life by Helen Keller

  22. My Life in France by Julia Child

  23. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

  24. Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes

  25. My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

  26. Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen

  27. October Sky by Homer Hickam

  28. Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

  29. Go for the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life by Mia Hamm & Aaron Heifetz

  30. Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

  31. High Exposure: An Enduring Passion for Everest and Unforgiving Places by David Breashears

  32. Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

If you have any questions, please feel free to email at anytime.

Ardrey Kell  will post shorter readings to the school’s website; please look there in the coming weeks for more information.



Rising 9th Grade

English I Honors:  Read two (2) books from the following lists:  


As one choice all honors students should read:

        Into Thin Air                                                         Jon Krakauer


Choose one (1) more from the following titles:

Great Expectations                                                   Charles Dickens

Life of Pi                                                                     Yann Martel

Memoirs of a Geisha*                                              Arthur Golden

The Good Earth                                                   Pearl S. Buck

English I Standard:  Read any one (1) of the following:

The Lonely Crossing of Juan Cabrera                     J. Joaquin Fraxedas

A Lesson before Dying                                             Ernest J. Gaines

Tuesdays with Morrie                                               Mitch Albom

The House on Mango Street                                Sandra Cisneros

*Contains a scene of adult content

Please note:  In a 2009 government webcast, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described summer learning loss as “devastating.”  This is what researchers have often referred to as the “summer slide.”  It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to lose up to one month of instruction, with disadvantaged students being disproportionately affected. Additionally, students in the United States have lost ground in reading ability compared with students around the world. The global reading test was administered in 2001 and again in 2006.  Americans dropped further behind other countries, falling from the fourth highest scores in the world in 2001 to tenth place in 2006. Please encourage your child to read 4-5 books this summer.



Annotations and SIGNPOSTS: What does this look like?


ALL Cavaliers students needs to annotate their Summer Reading title. For rising 7th and 8th graders, for your title, please apply strategies that your Language Arts teachers have taught you over the past two years.  For rising 6th graders and other interested students, please use the links and documents below.


Consider marking the text for Signposts. Please see  “Signposts” documents for a reminder of what each signpost means and for its correlating symbol.


Here is an electronic link to the FICTION Signposts (or you can copy/paste it into your browser): FICTION Signpost Link


Here is an electronic link to the NONFICTION Signposts (or you can copy/paste it into your browser):

NONFICTION Signpost Link



An annotation is a note, comment, or concise statement of the key idea(s) in a text or a portion of a text. Annotations are commonly used in reading instruction and in research. Please see the sample pages of Sharon Draper’s Out of My Mind for a model on annotating a text. Not every page needs to look like the model. Annotating is meant to slow readers down and engage them more deeply in reading comprehension and questioning the text. It is NOT about filling the page for quantity. The parent model below is meant to showcase many types of annotations and Signposts. Students do NOT need to annotate every page in a book. Annotating is meant to be a personal and organic process that will aid in comprehension, not just a completion activity.


Please note that we have included a Student Model for annotations, as well. These pages were done by a current 6th grader this spring.


Parents: For further reading on annotations, please enjoy Mortimer Adler’s short work “How to Mark a Book” at this link: "How to Mark a Book" text

Sample Annotations Rising 6th grade Summer Reading.pdf






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