Summer Reading



We are excited to share with you information regarding our summer reading program.

Based on the entering grade level for the 2018-2019 school year, all students will be assigned one book to read. The titles that have been selected tie into the building-wide theme of overcoming obstacles. All students will be provided with the appropriate title before school is dismissed for summer.

Students will be given a reading log, as they are required to take notes throughout their reading. These are to be returned to your child’s ELA teacher by Wednesday, September 12th. Students will also be working on an in-class, technology-based assignment during the first few weeks of school. More information, as well as a grading rubric, will be provided in September.

Entering Grade 5: Rules

Entering Grade 6: Absolutely Almost

Entering Grade 7: Fish in a Tree

Entering Grade 8: The Outsiders

Feel free to click on each image for a summary of each novel!

An extra credit opportunity will also be provided before students go home for the summer. This is a great opportunity for all students to start off the school year with an extra credit grade in ELA.

All documents needed to complete the summer reading assignment are below.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Steele, Assistant Principal, Cara Lauber, Library Media Specialist, or Michelle Friedman, English Coordinator.

Happy Reading!

Warm regards,

Mrs. Steele

Mrs. Lauber

Mrs. Friedman

Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Book Log Assignment (Required)

Summer Reading Book Log 5/6 Grade

Entering 7th and 8th Grade

Reading Log (Required)

7/8 Grade Summer Reading Log 2018

Entering 5th and 6th Grade

Extra Credit Assignment

Summer Reading Extra Credit Packet 2018 Grades 5 and 6

Entering 7th and 8th Grade

Extra Credit Assignment

7/8 Grade Summer Reading Extra Credit Packet 2018

Please reading the following information about plagiarism and academic integrity in the Island Trees Schools:


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Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:

According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means:

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.

All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Most cases of plagiarism can be avoided, however, by citing sources. Simply acknowledging that certain material has been borrowed and providing your audience with the information necessary to find that source is usually enough to prevent plagiarism.

Academic Integrity Guidelines Island Trees Schools

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The Island Trees School District seeks to create an academic environment based on integrity, honesty, and hard work. Students are expected to maintain high standards of personal honesty at all times, presenting only their own work for class assignments, quizzes and tests, reports and projects. Academic integrity is violated when a student obtains credit for, or is evaluated on, work that is not his or her own.

The administration, faculty, and student body all work together to develop a school culture which praises and fosters academic integrity. Cheating and plagiarism limit a student’s ability to realize his or her own potential, destroy the trust between a teacher and a student, and compromise other students’ academic standing.