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MS Library: May Margaret Fine Library Home: SUMMER READING

PDS MS SUMMER READING: Introduction for Parents

Dear Middle School Parents,

Happy Summer !!! I hope you and your child or children can enjoy many peaceful hours of reading good books in the next three months.  Below you will find the summer reading requirements for each (upcoming)  grade in the middle school. 

In conjunction with PDS Summer Sessions and the annual Middle School Summer Reading Program,  MS students are invited to join PDS teachers and librarians this summer to talk about books! There will be three books offered to each grade as part of this opportunity, and students are welcome to participate in one, two, or even three of the book groups. New students may sign up for the books groups through Panther Summer Session Online.

Students or parents are welcome to pop into a google meet and have "Lunch with a Librarian" to ask any questions about summer reading or just to get another book recommendation. These meetings will be on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:00 during the Panther Online Summer Sessions.

There are many methods for you to access books this summer. PDS families have the option to rent copies of some of the required books on the SORA app, which is already installed on PDS student iPads. If you wish to do so, please fill in this form to Rent Required Books this summer, and the available books will be sent directly to your child’s iPad later in June.  

In addition to iPads, the SORA app is available to download to most devices, allowing students to borrow ebooks and audiobooks from the PDS collection, as well as from their local public library. Alternatively, you may choose to purchase books to support your local bookstores, shop online, or use the public library ebook or audiobook collections. Don’t forget to check your own bookshelves, where copies of some of the summer reading titles might be found as well. 

If you have any questions about the SORA rental process, summer reading, or book recommendations, please contact Ms. Goeke at sgoeke@pds.org.  We hope as many students as possible will participate in the book discussions. It would be wonderful to spend some time with your children this summer, talking about books!

 

Middle School Summer Reading 2020

 

Parents, please fill out this form to get books on your child's Sora account:

 

PDS Parent SORA RENTAL FORM 

For incoming 5th and 6th grade students 5 books are required: 

  • 1 (One) From the list of three books for your upcoming grade 

  • 2 (Two) From the summer reading list for your upcoming grade 

  • 2 (Two) Books of personal student choice 

For incoming 7th and 8th grade students, 4 books are required: 

  • 1 (One)From the list of three books for your upcoming grade 

  • 2  (Two)From the summer reading list for your upcoming grade 

  • 1 (One) book of personal student choice 

  • Please scroll down to see the assignments for each grade level    

 

SORA Instructions

SORA is an APP on your Ipad that offers ebooks and audiobooks directly through the APP. Check out SORA to browse titles for summer readiing,   YOU may also CONNECT to YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY COLLECTION of ebooks and audiobooks.  

 

SORA is both an online ebook and audiobook library where one can borrow materials for a three week period,  and a place where some titles may be rented for a class or a book club. 

CLICK HERE FOR A BRIEF VIDEO INTRO TO SORA:

https://fast.wistia.net/embed/iframe/x1crca6t1n?videoFoam=true

 

Instructions to Use SORA 

 

1.  Access PDS Sora in a web browser by visiting

       https://soraapp.com/library/pdsnj  (Works on Ipads, laptops, phones, etc)

 

2. OR  download the Sora app  for free on your non-PDS devices. (Works on Ipads, laptops, phones...)

 

3. THE PDS SET UP CODE IS: pdsnj  

OR you may choose Princeton Day School if it is visible.

 

4. Login with your pds username and password.

 

Note for LIBBY users: SORA will only allow access to YA and J titles public library titles because it is a school APP,  so for adult titles you will still need to use the Libby APP  from your public  library)

 

IF YOU NEED HELP ASK - Ms. Goeke's email: sgoeke@pds.org

SORA INSTRUCTIONS VIDEO

Nine -A Square Assignment

Summer Reading Nine Square Assignment DIRECTIONS

  • As you read your five (5)  summer books for grades 5 & 6, and four (4) summer books for grades 7 & 8 record your thinking about them.  For each book, complete a 4x6 index card responding to one of the choices below. (You may just use half a page of paper)

  • Also, you should pick a different form of response for each book for a total of five cards containing five different styles of response.   

  • Please bring these cards to the first day of classes in September.

  • On one side of the card, record the title and author of your book and your name.  On the other side, write your response.

Select a meaningful quote from the book.  Why did you consider this a powerful passage?  How is it important to the story?

Stories often have minor characters who serve important roles in the development of a story.  Who was that character in your story and why?

Select an object that plays an important role in the book.  Why is it important?

Consider a gift (object or idea) that you might give to a character in the book.  What would it be and why? 

Select one symbolic word that represents your book.  Why is it such a significant word for this particular story?

As readers, we don’t always feel that characters make the “right” choices.  Consider the choices that your characters made.  Is there something that you would do differently?  How and why?

Use five strong adjectives to describe the setting of your book.  List those words and write about how they represent the setting.

Sketch or map the setting of your book on the blank side of the index card.  Be sure to include many details in both the drawing and in the explanation on the other side!

Whose point of view do you hear in the story?  How does this help you understand how a character developed?  Would your understanding have been different if you had heard a different point of view?  Why?

GRADES 5 Summer Reading INSTRUCTIONS

INCOMING GRADE 5 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Please email MS. Goeke with any questions about summer reading at sgoeke@pds.org

1. REQUIRED SUMMER READING AND NINE-SQUARE ASSIGNMENT

  •  Each student is required to read one book from the three listed below, two from the MS Grade 5 Summer Reading list, and two of their own choice. 

  • FOR the five summer reading books, students will conduct a short activity from the summer reading nine-square chart that is on this page. 

 2. ONE REQUIRED BOOK AND SUMMER BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

  • FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM to sign up to read one, two or three required BOOKS.  All students MUST READ ONE OF THESE THREE BOOKS and you may read them all.  These books count for the total of five books you need to read.  

  • The optional discussions will be led by PDS teachers and librarians.  YOU may choose to participate in ANY or ALL of the discussions.  

  • THE SCHEDULE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS WILL BE Posted soon.

3. BROWSING FOR the 5 SUMMER READING BOOK TITLES:

  • After you choose the one required book from the form, it is time to browse the MS Grade 5 Summer Reading lists on this page, and also browse through SORA to select  other books you might want to read.

Grade 5 Chose one of these Three Books for SUMMER READING

Grade 5  FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM to choose AT LEAST ONE OF THE THREE BOOKS LISTED BELOW. (YOU MAY ALSO SIGN UP TO READ TWO, OR THREE)

BOOK TRAILER FOR RUMP

BOOK TRAILER FOR INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN

BOOK TRAILER FOR OUT OF MY MIND

SUMMER READING LISTS GRADES 5

Grade 5: HERE ARE THE BOOK LISTS FOR SUMMER READING.  Each student is required to read 1 book from the three listed for discussion,  two from the MS Grade 5 Summer Reading list, and two of their own choice.  IF YOU WANT TO READ A BOOK FROM THE SAME SERIES YOU MAY!  YOU MAY ALSO READ A BOOK FROM THE SAME AUTHOR IF IT IS MEANT FOR YOUR GRADE LEVEL.  SOME OF THESE BOOKS YOU might FIND ON THE SORA APP.

 

 

GRADE 6 Summer Reading Instructions

INCOMING GRADE 6 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Please email MS. Goeke with any questions about summer reading at sgoeke@pds.org

1. REQUIRED SUMMER READING AND NINE-SQUARE ASSIGNMENT

  • Each student is required to read five books in total. Each student is required to read one book from the three listed below, two from the MS Grade 6 Summer Reading list, and two of their own choice. 

  • FOR the five summer reading books, students will conduct a short activity from the summer reading nine- square chart that is on this page. 

 2. ONE REQUIRED BOOK AND SUMMER BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

  • FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM to sign up to read one, two or three of the BOOKS on the form.  All students MUST READ ONE OF THESE THREE BOOKS or you may read two or all three.  These books count for the total of 5 books you need to read.  

  • The optional discussions will be led by PDS teachers and librarians.  YOU may choose to participate in ANY or ALL of the discussions. 

  • THE SCHEDULE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS WILL BE Posted soon.

3. BROWSING FOR the 5 SUMMER READING BOOK TITLES:

  • After you choose the one required book from the form, it is time to browse the MS Grade 6 Summer Reading lists on this page, and also browse through SORA to select  other books you might want to read.

GRADE 6 Choose One of these Three Books

Summer Reading Lists Grade 6

6th Grade Summer Reading Lists and Assignment

Here is the list and assignment for Grade 6.  Students may read any title from a series on the list as well  The colors are the way the books are categorized in the library, and represent the  genre of the fiction collection.  

The GENRES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Green - Realistic Fiction
 Blue - Mystery, Suspense 
Orange - Multicultural, Historic  Fiction
 Purple - Fantasy and Science Fiction
Red - Sports Fiction
Pink - Animal Fiction
Gray - Classic Fiction (although there are classics in other colors)

GRADE 7 Summer Reading Instructions

INCOMING GRADE 7 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Please email MS. Goeke with any questions about summer reading at sgoeke@pds.org

1. REQUIRED SUMMER READING AND NINE-SQUARE ASSIGNMENT:

Each student is to Read Four (4) Books in total:

  •  One from the list of three required books.

  • Two books from the MS Grade 7 Summer Reading list(S).

  • One book of student personal choice. 

FOR the four summer reading books, students will conduct a short activity from the summer reading nine- square chart that is on this page. 

 2. The ONE REQUIRED BOOK & SUMMER BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

  • FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM to sign up to read one, two or three of the BOOKS on the form.  All students MUST READ ONE OF THESE THREE BOOKS.  These books count for the total of 4 books you need to read.  

  • The optional discussions  will be led by PDS teachers and librarians.  You may choose to participate in ANY or ALL of the discussions.  

  • THE SCHEDULE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS WILL BE Posted soon.

3. BROWSING FOR SUMMER READING BOOK TITLES:

  • After you choose the one required book from the three books, you may browse the MS Grade 7 Summer Reading lists, and browse through SORA to select  other books you might want to read.

GRADE 7 Choose ONE of the THREE BOOKS to read

GRADES 7 Lists

7th Grade Summer Reading Lists

For incoming 7th grade students, 4 books are required:  1 from the required list of 3 books 2  from anywhere on the PDS summer reading list, and 1 book of personal student choice.  

 

Incoming GRADE 8 Summer Reading Instructions

INCOMING GRADE 8 SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Please email MS. Goeke with any questions about summer reading at sgoeke@pds.org

1. REQUIRED SUMMER READING AND NINE-SQUARE ASSIGNMENT

  • Each student is required to read four books: 

  •  One from the list of three required books.

  • Two books from the MS Grade 8 Summer Reading list(S.

  • One book of student personal choice. 

FOR the four summer reading books, students will conduct a short activity from the summer reading nine- square chart that is on this page. The NINE SQUARE ACTIVITY CHART IS BELOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS.

 2. ONE REQUIRED BOOK AND SUMMER BOOK DISCUSSIONS:

  • FILL OUT THIS GOOGLE FORM to sign up to read one, two or three of the BOOKS on the form.   All students MUST READ ONE OF THESE THREE BOOKS.  These books count for the total of 4 books you need to read. 

  • During the summer there will be optional discussions led by teachers and librarians. YOU may choose to participate in ANY or ALL of the discussions.  

  • THE SCHEDULE FOR BOOK DISCUSSION GROUPS WILL BE Posted soon.

3. BROWSING FOR SUMMER READING BOOK TITLES:

  • After you choose the one required book from the three books, you may browse the MS Grade 8 Summer Reading lists, and browse through SORA to select  other books you might want to read.

GRADE 8 Choose ONE of these three BOOKs

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