2018 Summer Reading

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Summer Reading Challenge Has Begun!

Pre K thru 12th Participation!



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"Defender Dan" is getting excited!!!

Pre K thru 12th Participation!

Meet "Sir Daniel the Defender"

or better known as

"Defender Dan"​

He is getting ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Brooke and Erin are reading where

"Defender Dan"​

might go this summer?

You may see him reading in Israel, France or maybe right here in our own backyard. Let's track him on our LWC FB, Twitter or Instagram pages...

You never know where he might turn up!!!

​We are starting his trip this next week on social media,

so if you have pics you want to share let me know :0)

Can't wait to see all our students engaged in the summer reading challenge!!!​

Print out "Defender Dan"​

(he will be on our Main LWCS web page to print out and you color him)

then take him on your summer vacation and send us pictures of you reading with him.

please send all photos to jduke@lwcs.org

"Sir Daniel the Defender"

Print & cut out

Pre-K thru 12th grade Summer Activity

The Best pictures of the summer are in the running for a Barnes & Noble Gift Card

(will be awarded in August).


Summer Reading 2018



6th & 7th Grade Summer Reading Assessment Instructions:


You will be reading two novels this summer and complete the assignments that follow. Please note that both of the assignments are due on August 9, 2018 (the first FULL day of school).


1. Read the book The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez.

a. As you read please write a two sentence (minimum) summary on each chapter. These sentences must be in your own words and describe/explain the most important thing that happened in the chapter.


b. You will take a short “quiz” over the book when you get back. You will be permitted to use your typed up summaries during the quiz.

***You MUST write in complete sentences. The use of fragments and run-ons will result in a lower grade. This assignment must be typed (Times New Roman, 12pt. font, black ink).


2. Please choose one of the following books that you have not read before:


  1. Savvy by Ingrid Law
  2. Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata
  3. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  4. Fire from the Rock by Sharon Draper
  5. Cracker, the Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata
  6. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi


After reading the novel, please create a comic strip that outlines the main events in the story. This can be done on a blank sheet of white paper (you may not use lined paper). You must include an explanation of what is happening in each box (either underneath the box or through word bubbles above the characters’ heads). The comic can be drawn by hand or done on the computer, but it must be neat. The comic must also be colored/in color. You are required to have a minimum of 8 boxes and will be graded on accuracy, creativity, and neatness.


8th Grade Summer Reading Assessment Instructions:

1a.) Reading Requirement: Select one of the following texts:

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Call of the Wild Jack London

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

1b.) Book Review: Create a pamphlet for the text you selected that includes the following:

  • Book Title/Author
  • List of characters and their role in the story
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the setting
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the theme
  • 3 pictures
  • 3 influential quotes from the text and their meaning


2.) News Article Requirement:

It is important that students are familiar with what is currently happening in the world as this will be useful when writing essays and analyzing literature. Therefore, complete the following:

a. Collect one news article that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the news article and write a response that includes the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the events discussed in the article in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a

minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or article. A piece of textual

evidence is either a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or news article.


3.) Biblical Requirement:

a. Select one Bible passage that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the chosen passage or write it neatly, and provide the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the passage in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or passage. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or Bible passage.

Please paperclip all 3 parts of the assignment together!

Due: the first FULL day of school

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English I: 9th Grade Summer Reading Assessment Instructions

1a.) Reading Requirement: Select one of the following texts:

The Help Kathryn Stockett

Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Before We Were Free Julia Alverez


1b.) Book Review: Create a pamphlet for the text you selected that includes the following:

  • Book Title/Author
  • List of characters and their role in the story
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the setting
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the theme
  • 3 pictures
  • 3 influential quotes and their meaning


2.) News Article Requirement:

It is important that students are familiar with what is currently happening in the world as this will be useful when writing essays and analyzing literature. Therefore, complete the following:

a. Collect one news article that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the news article and write a response that includes the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the events discussed in the article in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of

1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or article. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or news article.


3.) Biblical Requirement:

a. Select one Bible passage that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the chosen passage or write it neatly, and provide the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the passage in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of 1

piece of textual evidence from your novel or passage. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or Bible passage.


Please paperclip all 3 parts of the assignment together!

Due: the first FULL day of school

Click on the book cover for the link

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English I: 9th Grade Honors Summer Reading Assessment Instructions

1a.) Reading Requirement: Select two of the following novels:

The Help Kathryn Stockett

Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Before We Were Free Julia Alverez


***If you are opting into English I Honors, you will be completing 2 of each of the following assignments. This means you will create 1 book review per novel, 1 news article assignment per novel, and 1 biblical assignment per novel, resulting in 2 of each assignment***

1b.) Book Review: Create a pamphlet for the text you selected that includes the following:

  • Book Title/Author
  • List of characters and their role in the story
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the setting
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the theme
  • 3 pictures
  • 3 influential quotes and their meaning


2.) News Article Requirement:

It is important that students are familiar with what is currently happening in the world as this will be useful when writing essays and analyzing literature. Therefore, complete the following:

a. Collect one news article that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the news article and write a response that includes the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the events discussed in the article in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of

1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or article. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or news article.


3.) Biblical Requirement:

a. Select one Bible passage that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the chosen passage or write it neatly, and provide the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the passage in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen

novel with a minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or passage. A piece of

textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or Bible passage.


Please paperclip all 3 parts of the assignment together!

Due: the first FULL day of school

Click on the book cover for the link

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English II: 10th Grade Summer Reading Assessment Instructions


1a.) Reading Requirement: Select one of the following texts:


Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

I Am Malala Mala Yousafzai co-written with journalist Christina Lamb

My Enemy, My Brother Shahin

The Warrior’s Heart Eric Greitens


1b.) Book Review: Create a pamphlet for the text you selected that includes the following:


  • Book Title/Author
  • List of characters and their role in the story
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the setting
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the theme
  • 3 pictures
  • 3 influential quotes and their meaning


2.) News Article Requirement:

It is important that students are familiar with what is currently happening in the world as this will be useful when writing essays and analyzing literature. Therefore, complete the following:


a. Collect one news article that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the news article and write a response that includes the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the events discussed in the article in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or article. A textual example could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or news article.


3.) Biblical Requirement:

a. Select one Bible passage that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the chosen passage or write it neatly, and provide the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the passage in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or passage. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or Bible passage.


Please paperclip all 3 parts of the assignment together!

Due: the first FULL day of school


English II: 10th Grade Honors Summer Reading

Assessment Instructions


1a.) Reading Requirement: Select two of the following novels:


Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

I Am Malala Mala Yousafzai co-written with journalist Christina Lamb

My Enemy, My Brother Shahin

The Warrior’s Heart Eric Greitens


***If you are opting into English II Honors, you will be completing 2 of each of the following assignments. This means you will create 1 book review per novel, 1 news article assignment per novel, and 1 biblical assignment per novel, resulting in 2 of each assignment***


1b.) Book Review: Create a pamphlet for the text you selected that includes the following:


  • Book Title/Author
  • List of characters and their role in the story
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the setting
  • 3-5 sentence paragraph describing the theme
  • 3 pictures
  • 3 influential quotes and their meaning


2.) News Article Requirement:

It is important that students are familiar with what is currently happening in the world as this will be useful when writing essays and analyzing literature. Therefore, you will complete the following:


a. Collect one news article that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the news article and write a response that includes the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the events discussed in the article in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or article. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or news article.


3.) Biblical Requirement:

a. Select one Bible passage that can be connected to your chosen novel in some way.

b. Print out a copy of the chosen passage or write it neatly, and provide the following information:

i. A 5 sentence summary of the passage in your own words.

ii. Write a paragraph that provides a clear connection to your chosen novel with a minimum of 1 piece of textual evidence from your novel or passage. A piece of textual evidence could be a direct quote or paraphrased statement from the novel or Bible.


Please paperclip all 3 parts of the assignment together!

Due: the first FULL day of school

11th Grade AP Language

Rhetorical Devices: A Handbook and Activities for Student Writers.

ISBN-13: 978-1580497657

Assignment will be posted soon





Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach

to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

ISBN-13: 978-1592402038

Assignment will be posted soon



The Explicit Gospel

by Matt Chandler, Jared C. Wilson

ISBN-13: 978-1433542114

Assignment will be posted soon

11th & 12th Grade British Literature

Pilgrams Progress (the original version)

Assignment (Click on this link)





The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories

Assignment (Click on this link)

12th Grade AP Literature

How to read Literature like a Professor

Assignment will be posted soon

AP Biology

Read the book What is Creation Science? by Henry Morris and Gary Parker ISBN: 0-89051-081-4

Students should prepare a 3-4 page typed summary (MLA format- font 12) for each chapter in the book.

These will be due on the first day of school.

You will be assigned and need to complete a formal paper involving this book during the first quarter of the school year. The more comprehensive and complete your summaries, the easier this assignment will be.


Honors Biology



The Fossil Book by Gary and Mary Parker ISBN: 978-0-89051-438-2


Advanced CS Principles

The World Is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman

ISBN-13:9780312425074 - $9.99 Nook Book Barnes & Noble.

Assignment Link click here





Understanding the Digital World, Brian W. Kernighan, Princeton University Press, (2017)

ISBN 978-0691176543 - $19.46 Nook Book Barnes & Noble

Assignment Link click here




PDF Version: The World is Flat

*This is only available to students in CS Principles class. Contact Mrs. Duke through email for access jduke@lwcs.org

Friedman_the world is flat (1).pdf


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