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
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 www.lexile.com 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
Please scroll to the end for tips on annotating. Happy Reading!
*If you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Note: Depending on the length of the chapters in the selected book, students should have about 2-4 annotations
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