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Middle School
9500 Community House Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
Courier #: 345
P: 980-343-0689  |  F: 980-343-0691 
Principal: Brian Slattery
LC: Southwest
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-8
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2021 Summer Reading


Community House Middle School Summer Reading 2021

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 requirements for your Cavalier. Summer Reading is carefully selected by our talented ELA teachers

for each grade level. Students can expect to engage with Summer Reading in the classroom within the first two weeks

of school.  

Please choose an appropriate title based on your reading level (lexile), class placement, and interest from the list below. If you are unsure of your lexile level, please visit to take a very short assessment to gauge your lexile range.

Lexile Levels are provided to help guide (not dictate a choice). Please know that with works of fiction, lexile levels

often do not seem high

enough; however, lexile level is not the only indicator of a complex text. 

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

ALL (Honors and Standard) Rising 6th grade Students: Please select ONE of the following titles to read,

ANNOTATE, and enjoy!


Alexander, Kwame--The Crossover (750L) ISBN: 978-0544935204

Draper, Sharon--Out of My Mind (700L) ISBN: 978-1416971719

Philbrick, Rodman-- Freak the Mighty (1000L) ISBN: 978-0439286060

Nonfiction/Informational Text: 

Brushac, Joseph--Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two (910L) ISBN:

Paulsen, Gary-- Woodsong (1090L) ISBN: 978-1416939399

Rising HONORS 7th grade Students: Please select ONE of the following titles to read, ANNOTATE, and enjoy!


Alexie, Sherman-- War Dances (790L) ISBN: 978-0802144898

Cooper, Susan-- Over Sea, Under Stone: The Dark Is Rising sequence (920L) ISBN: 978-0689840357

Hijuelos, Oscar-- Dark Dude (980L) ISBN: 978-1416949459

Hurston, Zora Neale-- Mules and Men (1020L) ISBN: 978-0061350177

Soto, Gary-- Novio Boy (Lexile n/a) ISBN: 978-0152058630

Whelan, Gloria-- Homeless Bird (800L) ISBN: 978-0064408196

Nonfiction/Informational Text:

Dumas, Firoozeh-- Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America (1030L) ISBN: 978-0812968378

Hickam, Homer-- Rocket Boys/October Sky (900L) ISBN: 978-0385333214

Jimenez, Francisco-- Breaking Through (750L) ISBN: 978-0618342488

Myers, Walter Dean-- The Greatest: Muhammad Ali (Lexile 1030) ISBN: 978-0590543439

Paulsen, Gary-- Eastern Sun, Winter Moon: An Autobiographical Odyssey (1080L) ISBN: 978-0156002035

Santiago, Esmeralda-- When I Was Puerto Rican (1020L) ISBN: 978-0306814525

Rising STANDARD 7th grade Students: Please read, ANNOTATE, and enjoy the following title!

Park, Linda Sue When My Name Was Keoko (610L) ISBN: 978-0547722399

Rising HONORS 8th grade Students: Please select ONE of the following titles to read, ANNOTATE, and enjoy!

Fiction Text:

Alvarez, Julia-- Before We Were Free (890L) ISBN: 978-0399555497

Anderson, Laurie Halse-- Fever 1793  (580L) ISBN: 978-0689848919 

Coelho, Paulo-- The Alchemist  (910L) ISBN: 978-0062315007

Crutcher, Chris-- Whale Talk (1000L) ISBN: 978-0062687753

Paulsen, Gary-- Soldier’s Heart  (1000L) ISBN: 978-0440228387

Nonfiction/Informational Text:

Ayer, Eleanor-- Parallel Journeys  (1050L) ISBN: 978-0689832369

Bradley, James-- Flags of our Fathers  (950L) ISBN: 978-0553380293 

Crutcher, Chris-- King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography (1180L) ISBN: 978-0060502515 

Dahl, Roald-- Boy: Tales of Childhood (1090L) ISBN: 978-0142413814

Engle, Margarita-- The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionists  (Lexile n/a) ISBN: 978-0544541122

Fey, Tina-- Bossypants (950L) ISBN: 978-0316056878

Rising STANDARD 8th grade Students: Please read, ANNOTATE, and enjoy the following title!

Odom Jr., Leslie-- Failing Up (930L) ISBN: 978-1250139962

*If you have any questions, please feel free to email at any time. For RISING 9th

graders: Please check with your new high school about Summer Reading, as no titles were provided at the time of


Annotations: What does this look like?

ALL Cavaliers students need 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.

When annotating, rising 7th and 8th grade students should follow the NOTICE, NAME, and EXPLAIN format

described below:


Highlighting, underlining, or other text marking indicating important text.


Name the annotation. What is it? Is it a signpost? Is it a literary element?


Why is this text significant? Answer the signpost question. Connect the literary element to a larger idea from the text. (Ex. Strong language contributes to tone of…

Explain the immediate significance and the overall impact on the book as a whole.

Note: Depending on the length of the chapters in the selected book, students should have about 2-4 annotations

per chapter.


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 linked on the school webpage 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.

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

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