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Crusader- Entering 7th

The designated summer reading books for students entering seventh grade are:
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt


These books were included in your book fees at enrollment/re-enrollment and can be picked up in the front office of either campus after enrollment/re-enrollment is complete through Admissions.


Students must complete one assignment for each required book. Students in each grade level are required to read two books and complete one assignment per book.  This year students will be given options for creativity with the assignments: traditional, technological or non-technological. To receive full credit, all work must be submitted to the teachers by the first Friday of the school year, August 12, 2022.





For 7th-12th  grade, the traditional option is annotations. Guidelines must be followed to receive credit for annotations.  If your child prefers to complete the annotations, they DO NOT need to complete the technological or non-technological options offered below. 

Information on annotating is posted below with sample illustrations. Every chapter should have at least two written notes. Should questions arise about annotations or these instructions, please email the Middle School English Teacher, Mrs. Primeaux ([email protected]).





This new option is for students entering 7th - 9th grade.  It allows students to present what they learned through summer reading in digital form using a Google Doc or in Google Slides.  Both options must meet the literary requirements for their grade level.  *See attached literary requirements by grade level.


Google Doc:

  1. Type required information in a document using Google Docs.

  2. Literary requirements need to be clearly organized and labeled.

  3. Document needs to include a heading with the student’s name and date completed.


Google Slides:

  1. Present required information in a slide presentation using Google Slides.

  2. Literary requirements need to be clearly organized and labeled on slides.

  3. Students are encouraged to be as creative as they wish with slide transitions, backgrounds, images, fonts, etc.

  4. The first slide needs to include the book title, author, student’s name, and date completed.





This option for all students entering 7th - 9th grades must meet the literary requirements for their grade level. *See attached literary requirements by grade level.


Poster Book Report:

  1. Use a poster (any color).

  2. Draw a picture of the main. character, or a favorite scene, in the center of the poster.

  3. Divide the poster into sections to organize and present literary requirements for each grade level.

  4. Add the student’s name and date completed to the bottom right corner of the poster.




Technological and non-technological options MUST include the literary requirements listed for each grade level.

Entering 7th - 8th Grade

The minimum requirements for 7th - 8th grade students are as follows for EACH book:

  • list the title and author
  • a minimum of 7 literary elements (setting, plot, characters, figurative language, foreshadowing, conflict, climax, resolution of conflict, symbolism, and theme)
  • a minimum of 12 new vocabulary words with definitions and a memorable sentence
  • 2 biblical themes
  • Real-world application



Curl Up With a Good Book This Summer!

While we are requiring your child to read two books, we encourage him/her to read all throughout the summer.  Below is a list of grade-level books that your child may enjoy. This will be a great introduction to the reading your child will do throughout the year.
  • Exiles in Babylon & The Shepherd of Bethlehem by A.L.O.E.
  • An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
  • Sounder by William Armstrong
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • The Land of Elyon series by Patrick Carman
  • The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean George
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry
  • I Am David by Anne Holm
  • The Sugar Creek Gang series by Paul Hutchens
  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • Thirty Seconds over Tokyo by Capt. Ted W. Lawson
  • Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay
  • Homer Price & Centerburg Tales by Robert McCloskey
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry
  • Twice Freed by Patricia M. St. John
  • Tramp for the Lord by Corrie Ten Boom