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Summer Reading Lists


SUMMER READING LISTS, GUIDELINES

2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 6 (PDF)  (RTF)
2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 7 (PDF)  (RTF)
2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 8 (PDF)  (RTF)
2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 9 (PDF)  (RTF)
2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 10 (PDF)  (RTF)
2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 11 (PDF)  (RTF)
2020 Summer Reading List - Grade 12 (PDF)  (RTF)


2020 Summer Reading Guidelines - Grades K-12 (PDF)  (RTF)
Summer Reading Log - Grades K-12 (PDF)  (RTF)
Summer Reading Tic Tac Toe - Grades K-5 (PDF)  (RTF)
Summer Reading Coloring Calendar - Grades K-5 (PDF)  (RTF)





GUIDELINES

Dear RCPS Families,

Summer is almost here and during these uncertain times, we want students to find an escape in reading books! This summer, Rockdale County Public Schools has made it a priority to keep our students engaged in reading by implementing an optional Summer Reading Challenge. To prevent the educational loss your child could experience over the summer, the RCPS Summer Reading Challenge encourages a lifelong reading habit. The suggested reading time for this challenge is 20 minutes a day for students in grades K-12. Students are encouraged to record the number of minutes read on the Summer Reading Log.

In partnership with our local library and our district media specialists, students will have digital access to a variety of reading materials including novels, magazines, and audio books of their choice to support the RCPS Summer Reading Challenge. When choosing books, be sure that they are just right — not too hard and not too easy, and that they match your child's age, interests, and abilities.

We are excited to share the theme for this summer’s reading program, “Rockdale Reads: Going the Distance.” We look forward to seeing just how many minutes our students can log over the summer months. Students who participate in the Summer Reading Challenge will be recognized on the school level, as well as, the district level for meeting summer reading goals. All Summer Reading Logs should be turned in to your student’s English Language Arts teacher during the first week of the school year.
The benefits of RCPS’s summer reading program:

•    Students are motivated to read and develop positive attitudes about reading.
•    Students maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
•    Students have a choice to select what they want to read.

For more information on the optional Summer Reading Guidelines, please visit our district website, www.rockdaleschools.org/summerreading, or contact Dr. Sha’Ronda McRae, Coordinator for English Language Arts (smcrae@rockdale.k12.ga.us).





KINDERGARTEN - 5th GRADE
Summer Reading 2020 Choice Board


ALL students have the option of selecting their summer reading text from a variety of online resources to complete their Summer Reading Log.

READING RESOURCES & LINKS

UNLIMITED DIGITAL BOOKS WITH myON UNTIL JULY 31, 2020.

Students can access myON from the RCPS CLASSLINK app.

OR

If your child is not enrolled in school yet, register at
Renaissnance GetGAREADING, https://www.renaissance.com/getgeorgiareading


OPTIONAL ENGAGEMENT TASK #1
Coloring Calendar Bucket List

Use the calendar and color each day you read a book with help or alone for 20 minutes. Be sure to use the “Bucket List” to cross off your reading experiences.

Click here for K-5 Summer Reading Calendar
Click here for Reading Bucket List  


OPTIONAL ENGAGEMENT TASK #2
Reading Tic Tac Toe

Students can choose an open square on the tic-tac-toe board each week.

Click here for Tic Tac Toe Board


OPTIONAL ENGAGEMENT TASK #3
Storyboard

Retell the story in your own words. Create a storyboard with at least 5-10 panels. There will be one panel for each of the following parts of the novel: setting, characters, (beginning, middle, end)- K-2 (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) 3-5. Your panel must be detailed and colorful. Under each of the panels, write a brief summary of the events in that section. If you would like to create this digitally, please see the link below:
https://www.storyboardthat.com






6th - 12th GRADE
Summer Reading Choice Board

ALL students have the option of selecting their summer reading text from a variety of online resources  to complete their Summer Reading Log.


6th - 8th GRADE RECOMMENDED READING LISTS

Grade 6 (PDF)  (RTF)
Grade 7 (PDF)  (RTF)
Grade 8 (PDF)  (RTF)

6th - 8th GRADE READING RESOURCES & LINK

UNLIMITED DIGITAL BOOKS WITH myON UNTIL JULY 31, 2020.

Students can access myON from the RCPS CLASSLINK app.

OR

If your child is not enrolled in school yet, register at Renaissnance GetGAREADING, https://www.renaissance.com/getgeorgiareading/



9th - 12th GRADE RECOMMENDED READING LISTS

Grade 9 (PDF)  (RTF)
Grade 10 (PDF)  (RTF)
Grade 11 (PDF)  (RTF)
Grade 12 (PDF)  (RTF)

9th - 12th READING RESOURCES & LINKS

Students can access digital resources through the RCPS CLASSLINK without any additional username or password requirements:

a.    myON: from the RCPS CLASSLINK app
b.    E-books: Follett Destiny Discover
c.    Journal Articles: GALILEO



OPTIONAL ENGAGEMENT TASK #1
Critic's Blog

Write a blog to persuade or dissuade someone to read your book. Using specific details, explain why you did or did not enjoy reading this book. In addition, be sure to include details that explain the type of reader for whom the book was written, i.e. athletes, nature-lovers, mystery-readers, risk-takers, etc. Although you may not have liked your book, the author must have had someone in mind when writing it. Your written blog must be at least 3 paragraphs with 5-8 sentences in each.

NOTE: If you would like to record your blog, please access your FlipGrid app in CLASSLINK.


OPTIONAL ENGAGEMENT TASK #2
Soundtrack

Create a soundtrack for the novel. Choose songs from multiple genres of music that fit - theme, setting, characters, conflict, tone/mood of the novel or a specific part, a specific plot event, etc. You will need 8-10 songs from multiple genres (pop, hip-hop, rap, country, rock, etc.) and 8-10 quotes that support the theme or central idea. For each song, you need the title of the song, the artist’s name, and a paragraph describing how the song fits the novel, using specific text evidence and page number. Consider choosing one quote each from the beginning, middle, and end of the book to ensure you identify an appropriate and logical theme or main idea. Each paragraph should be at least 5-8 sentences long.


OPTIONAL ENGAGEMENT TASK #3
Storyboard

Retell the story in your own words. Create a storyboard with 6-12 panels. There will be one panel for each of the following parts of the novel: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. Your panel must be detailed and colorful. Under each of the panels, you need to write a summary of the events in that section (25-50 words).

If you would like to create this digitally, please see the link below:
https://www.storyboardthat.com/







FREE ONLINE SUMMER READING RESOURCES

Available through Nancy Guinn Library and participating PINES Library Partners:

STEP 1: Register for a Library Card
Need a Rockdale County LIBRARY card? Click here or go to to https://conyersrockdalelibrary.org

STEP 2: Access Free Online Resources through Conyers Rockdale Library website: conyersrockdalelibrary.org

•    Book Collection: Nonfiction (https://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zbnf)- Nonfiction book chapters for students

•    e-READ KIDS (Baker & Taylor) (https://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=erkd) - provides access to 15,000 eBooks and e-Audio titles for readers from kindergarten to 4th grade.

•    eBook K-8 Collection (EBSCO) (https://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zbk8) - eBooks, multidisciplinary

•    eBook High School Collection (EBSCO) (https://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zbgh) - eBooks, multidisciplinary

•    NoveList K-8 Plus (https://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zkpe) - Fiction and nonfiction book recommendations for K-8

•    NoveList Plus (https://www.galileo.usg.edu/express?link=zkpl) - Fiction and nonfiction book recommendations

•    WorldCat (https://www.worldcat.org) - eBooks, multidisciplinary

Additional online reading resources:

•    http://www.gutenberg.org - Gutenberg Press has over 60,000 e-books to choose from-

•    https://openlibrary.org - digital library


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SUMMER READING LISTS



6th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Miracle’s Boys" by Jacqueline Woodson
"My Family Divided" by Diane Guerrero
"The Boy Who Dared" by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
"Rules" by Cynthia Lord
"Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan
"Zane and the Hurricane" by Rodman Philbrick
"Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board" by Bethany Hamilton
"2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke
"The Kingdom on the Waves" by M.T. Anderson


7th Grade Summer Reading List:

"The Crossover" by Kwame Alexander
"Ghost" by Jason Reynolds
"The Length of a String" by Elissa Weissman
"One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams Garcia
Among the Hidden" by Margaret Peterson Haddix    
"Won’t Know till I Get There" by Walter Dean Myers
"We Were There, Too!" by Phillip Hoose
"The Wonder of Charlie Ann" by Kimberly Newton Fusco
"Seeing Redd" by Frank Beddor
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne


8th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Golden Boy" by Tara Sullivan
"This Journal Belongs to Ratchet" by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
"Revolution" by Deborah Wiles
"Discovering Wes Moore" by Wes Moore
"Everything in the Universe" by Tracy Holczer
"With Their Eyes: September 11th-The View from a High School at Ground Zero" edited by Annie Thoms and Taresh Batra.
"Elijah of Buxton" by Christopher Paul Curtis
"The Beekeeper’s  Apprentice" by Laurie R.  King
"The Winter Room" by Gary Paulsen


9th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Monster" by Walter Dean Myers
"Navigating Early" by Clare Vanderpool
"Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert Kiyosaki
"We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball" by Kadir Nelson
"Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town" by Warren St. John
"Chasing Lincoln’s Killer" by James L. Swanson
"Whale Talk" by Cris Crutcher
"Alexander Hamilton: The Outsider" by Jean Fritz
"Boy: Tales of Childhood" by Roald Dahl
"Catch-22" by Joseph Heller
"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: A Novel" by Mark Haddon


10th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Warcross" by Lu Marie
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" by Sean Covey
"Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children" by Ransom Riggs
"An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio" by Judith Ortiz Cofer
"A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier" by Ishmael Beah
"Million-Dollar Throw" by Mike Lupica
"The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates" by Wes Moore
"They All Laughed . . . From Light Bulbs to Lasers" by Ira Flatow
"Outliers" by Malcolm Gladwell
"1968, The Year America Grew Up" by Michael T. Kaufman


11th Grade Summer Reading List:

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by Jonathon Safran Foer
"Brown Girl Dreaming" by Jacqueline Woodson
"I am Malala: Girl Who Stood Up for Education" by Malala Yousafzai and Christine Lamp
"A Walk to Remember" by Nicholas Sparks
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig
"Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan" by Bob Greene
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell
"10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America" by Steven M. Gillon
"The Newcomers" by Helen Thorpe


12th Grade Summer Reading List:


"The Scar Boys" by Len Vlahos
"LOL…OMG" by Matt Ivester
"The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
"Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story about Brain Science" by John Fleischman
"Indentured: The Battle to End the Exploitation of College Athletes" by Joe Nocera and Ben Strauss
"The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley and William Danko





Summer Meals


Click here for the free summer meals program for children and teens called "Be Bright, Eat Right Rockdale".  RCPS and BOLD Ministries partner to deliver free meals for students at neighborhood locations Monday to Thursday during the summer.




RCPS Summer Programs

Click here for more RCPS Summer Programs, Workshops, STEAM Programs, middle school orientation, virtual classes for credit, credit recovery, and more.