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Summer reading requirements for students attending Portland Middle School in the fall of 2018.

7th Graders

All students entering 7th grade in the fall of 2018 should:

Read a book of choice and reflect on your reading by completing a short written response 
using one of the attached forms (depending on what you choose to read - fiction or nonfiction). 

Your completed form should be signed by a parent or guardian and handed in to your new English Language Arts teacher during the first week of school in the fall. 

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8th Graders
Presented, discussed & prepped in June with PMS students entering 8th grade in the fall of 2018.

Assignment 1: Choose one fiction or narrative non fiction book to read over the summer. Refer to your notes from the end of the school year. You may also consult the resources found on the PMS Library web page to help you choose a good book. After reading your book, complete the assignment and have a parent/guardian sign it.

Assignment 2: Find an article that relates to the book that you chose to read this summer. You might
use the databases @ pms library ct to help you search for an interesting & relevant article. 
After reading the article, complete the assignment and have a parent/guardian sign it. 

Bring both signed assignments to your new ELA teacher during the first week 8th grade.

8th Grade Summer Reading Assignment 1 & 2

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All 7th & 8th graders are encouraged to take part in the


Making any purchases at Wesleyan R.J. Julia Bookstore?? 
Mention our school's name and we'll receive a portion of all sales generated this summer!! 
It's an easy, hassle-free fundraising opportunity for us! THANK YOU!!

Go to our BOOKS page and see below for links to help you find PERFECT books for YOU!!

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To convey how important reading is, the Portland Secondary School English Department and the Library Media Specialist 
have established a summer reading requirement for all students. Students need to continue developing their intellectual capabilities, to learn new information, to have the experiences and perceptions that books can bring, and to have fun reading a good book outside the constraints of an English classroom. Summer reading also gives students the advantage of being active readers when school is no longer in session by helping to maintain the positive habit of reading as a leisure-time activity. English teachers require all students to complete a brief writing assignment based on what they have read during the summer.We recognize that students who do not read over the summer will see a decline in their reading skills and a lack of vocabulary development. Studies indicate that lack of reading experiences over the summer is a primary contributor to the achievement gap in schools. Please take a momentto read about the effects of “Summer Leaning Loss” in this review of studies:  http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED536514.pdf
The importance of summer reading is captured by this quote of Mark Twain:  “A person who does not read has no advantage over a person who cannot read.”
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Karen Radz,
Jun 9, 2015, 11:43 AM
Karen Radz,
Jun 9, 2015, 11:39 AM