We are excited that you are joining Form I this year as an incoming seventh grade student. The most effective method to improve vocabulary, critical reading, reading comprehension, and reading pace is to read as much as possible. Summer reading is important because it develops these skills and helps stop the “summer slide,” where your skills regress during the summer months. In addition, the required reading will establish some core texts for us to reflect on and use in our study during the coming year.
You are expected to read at least six (6) books over the summer, three (3) of which have already been selected, and then, choose at least three (3) more titles from the Form I list. The required titles are the following:
Life of Pi by Yann Martel for English class
Racing in the Rain: My Life As a Dog by Garth Stein for English Class*
Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo
In addition to the above required three books, please choose at least one (1) more book from the lists below:
1 – ALA Award Book
1 – Free choice fiction from the list
1 – Non-fiction from the list
Happy reading, and have a wonderful summer!
Mr. Anders Drewry, Form I English teacher
*This title is the Young Readers version of the New York Times bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain. You may read either title—the original or the young reader’s edition.