Resources for Summer Reading and Writing
Dear 7 Blue Students and Parents,
If you told me back in September that all New Jersey schools would close for the last quarter due to a viral pandemic, and that I would be teaching language arts virtually to my seventh graders, I would have chortled with disbelief. But we know this is a true story, and we've made it through to the end of the school year. I am so proud of all of my students for hanging in there and staying dedicated to and focused on school in these challenging times. And I am so appreciative of all the parents for helping me with my job at home and for your constant support.
I think we've all earned a relaxing summer vacation! I hope you enjoy your time off from school, whatever you'll be doing this summer. But once you've had some time to relax, refresh, and re-energize, please don't forget about the summer slide and how important it is for students to keep reading and writing over the summer these skills do not regress. For the parents who did not get to see my "chilling" tale about the summer slide, here is a link to the video: "American Horror Story: The Summer Season."
If you scroll down past this letter, I have posted resources for summer reading and writing. I want to clarify that these activities are not required for students to complete over the summer, and they will not be checked by the language arts teachers in September. But please keep the reading and the writing going over the summer to avoid the summer slide, and because I think many of the students will enjoy these activities.
I do check my Tenafly email quite frequently over the summer, so please reach out to me if you have questions about any of these materials, or if you just want to say hello and tell me how your summer is going. I especially love the hello emails over the summer ... :)
I wish you all a happy, healthy, and fun-filled summer vacation! I can't wait to see all of my students next year as 8th graders, when we are back in school. Please come back to Room 112 in the fall to visit me!
I recommend that students read for 30 minutes each day. But like exercise, any reading students do over the summer helps keep reading stamina and reading skills from sliding, so students could read for 20 minutes each day, or read for 30 minutes 3-4 times a week.
Free Resources for Accessing Books and Audiobooks Online
- Sync - This is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13 and older.
- Riveted by Simon and Schuster Teen
- Hoopla - Instantly borrow eBooks, digital movies, music, and more with your library card.
- Libby - Borrow and read ebooks and audiobooks from your local public library for FREE!
Book Lists for Recommendations
- Books 7 Blue Students Recommend - Attached here is the pdf version, which can be printed and completed in the Writer's Notebook. On Google Classroom I posted the Google Slides version that can be completed by typing online.
- ALSC's 2020 Summer Reading List for Grades 6-8
- Twenty 2020 Middle-Grade Books To Have On Your Radar
- Barnes & Noble's 100 Books of Summer for Teens and YA
- 12 Nonfiction Books Kids Will Actually Read
- BookRiot's List of Nonfiction Books for Curious Middle Schoolers
Summer Reading Clubs and Challenges - Read over the summer. Get awards and prizes. Sounds like a win-win to me, and lots of fun, too!
- READSquared Summer Reading Club (through the Tenafly Public Library) - Earn points for reading books, writing reviews, attending programs, and completing missions at home.
- Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza
Summer Reading Activities
- Summer Reading Journal - Set summer reading goals, keep track of the books you read this summer, collect cool words from your reading, create book art, and more! This is a downloadable pdf from Imagination Soup.
- Weekly Summer Writing Prompts - Attached here is the pdf version, which can be printed and completed in the Writer's Notebook. On Google Classroom I posted the Google Slides version that can be completed by typing online.
- Summer Writing Ideas with Links from Imagination Soup
Welcome to our class web page! What will you find here?
- our daily homework assignments
- important announcements
- weekly extra help hours
- links to helpful web resources, organized by topic or unit of study
- information about the course
Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How can I find out what we did in class if I was absent?
Click on this link to My Daily Lesson Plans. Type in the View Key 7bluela. I also post copies of my lesson plans in front of the classroom for you to check when you return to class. It is important to also talk to me when you return, especially to discuss assignments you may have missed when you were absent.
2. Where are the daily homework assignments posted?
You can find them by clicking on Daily Homework on the left-hand side of our class website.
3. How can I get the materials I need to complete my homework?
Most of these materials will be posted on our Google Classroom. You can take extra copies of handouts distributed in class in the daily folders the front bulletin board.
Remember that to access Google Classroom and your Tenafly Google Drive, you must log into Google Chrome using your Tenafly email address!
I wish you all a successful year!