Throughout the Year
Class Novels: Both 7th and 8th grade literature classes will be reading two class novels. These class novels will be read by the whole class together and each student will need their own class copy. Seventh grade will be reading The Outsiders and Chains. Eighth grade will be reading Refugee and The Giver. With these novels, there will be many days reading in class, discussions, activities individually or with a group, quizzes, and projects.
Individual Novel/Book Reading: This year, AR will be an incentive, not a requirement. With this being said, the students will still be reading novels on their own throughout the year. The students will get to choose their individual novels based around their reading level. With the novels they read, outside of the whole class novels, they will be required to complete summaries, activities, and projects with them as well. Seventh grade students are to complete THREE book projects or activities per quarter, two fiction and one nonfiction. Eighth grade is to complete FOUR, three fiction and one nonfiction. These projects can be over the same novel or spread out over many novels. They will not be allowed to do any of these over our whole class novels. The "Book Project & Activities" list will be under the "resources" tab and on Google Classroom to use for their choice novels.
AR: Since the students were in their early years of elementary school, they were required to complete a certain amount of points in AR. While AR has its many positives, at the junior high level, I see many other ways for students to express their understanding of books instead of a ten question test. I am a big believer in hands-on learning and creativity. Book projects and activities will be created and book talks with me will take place instead. AR will still be available for the students, and I will encourage them to strive to read more and more and take these tests. I plan to do this as an incentive for the students, and they will receive prizes based on the number of books and points they receive through AR. The difference now is that AR is NOT a percentage of their grade. A huge percentage of their reading grade comes from their individual and whole class novel projects, activities, and book talks.
Informational/Nonfiction Articles: Students will also be reading nonfiction informational texts throughout each semester. They will be reading articles on current events, sports, etc. They will be writing about each article they are required to read.