7th Grade ILA Assignments and Announcements
7th Grade Summer Reading Assignment
Students entering 7th grade in the 2020-2021 school year must complete the ILA summer reading assignment and turn it in on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The final assignment will be uploaded in Google Classroom. Instructions on how to do this will be given to students in class on Tuesday, the 25th.
All students are responsible for completing this assignment. New students should contact Mrs. Wilbur at email@example.com if the student has been registered less than two weeks before the due date.
1. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis- This story features a female lead character living in Afghanistan.
2. The Colored Car by Jean Elster- This story features a female lead character living during a time of racism and segregation.
3. Four Perfect Pebbles by Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal- this book features a female lead character during the Holocaust.
4. Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury- this book features a male lead character during WWII, concentrating on the Japanese Americans.
5. Code of Honor by Alan Gratz- This story features the family, especially the younger brother, of a US soldier accused of treason.
6. All We Have Left by Wendy Mills- this book follows the stories of Alia and Jesse as they discover how their lives intersect due to the events on September 11, 2001.
“Even though it can be difficult, it is always important to do the right thing.”
- Part 1: After reading one of these books, students will write a one-page Subject. In the first paragraph, discuss the setting of the story (the time and place in which the events occurred). Use context clues to figure out if the story takes place in the past, present, or future if there are no direct explanations. Introduce the main characters in the second paragraph. Give a sentence or two about each character, including important information about their personality. In the third paragraph, explain what the main problem or conflict is that the main character or characters have to deal with. Explain how it impacts their lives. *This entire section (the Subject) should end up being one page long. DO NOT WRITE A SUMMARY!
- Part 2: Next, you will need to discuss what you believe the Theme of the story is. State the theme in a complete sentence and find examples in the book to support your thoughts. A theme can be a statement such as:
You may want to use sticky tabs to locate examples of your chosen theme throughout the book while reading. These examples can be actions of a character, things a character said, or a description from the narrator. You must use at least 3 direct quotes to prove the theme- these do not have to be dialogue (the characters speaking). The quotes can be descriptions. It is a good idea to discuss one example from somewhere in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Explain your examples thoroughly.
**Each quote should be in its own paragraph. Remember in each paragraph to introduce what is happening in the scene, quote the sentence word for word, cite where the quote came from, and then explain the meaning and why the quote chosen supports the theme.
Paragraph Format: when giving a direct quote, Introduce a little bit of background to the event or topic you are getting ready to quote.
Put the Quote in quotation marks, word for word.
Cite the author and page number properly (Last Name pg #) ex: (Taylor 87)
Explain the connection between your quote and the topic you are discussing. (Why your quote is a great example of the chosen theme.)
Your paper should be typed in Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced.
Have a great summer and I look forward to reading your papers in August!