Teacher's Message

Welcome to Reading and Language Arts

with Mrs. Cassidy! 

**Scroll down for info on Summer Reading**

“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”  Mason Cooley

 

To all my Warriors,

It has been a pleasure to teach you this year.  I miss you all and hope you have an amazing summer.  Please take the time to relax and recharge.  You worked hard this year, especially during distance, and deserve a break.  🙂

See you in September!

Mrs. Cassidy

 

Dear Families and Students,

As English Language Arts teacher, one of  my primary goals is to cultivate an understanding and enjoyment of literature. For the 2020/2021 Summer Reading Program I have chosen assignments crafted with a specific rationale and objective in mind. The purpose of the Summer Reading Program is to provide an appropriate instruction that will set the tone for the rest of the school year. It is my hope that students will find these assignments a welcome addition to their summer plans. I encourage parents/guardians to participate as well as assist me in fostering a love of reading. 

All Summer Reading Assignments are posted below.  These assignments are due the SECOND day we return to school.  You will also find the Language Arts work posted below.  I will check that these assignments are completed by the end of the first week of school. 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cassidy

**NOTE: Packets have been emailed. Newly enrolled students will receive their packets in the mail.*

Incoming 6th Graders: 

  • Activity #1- Short Story Unit  “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry
  • Activity #2- Choose ONE book from the suggested reading list. Students are required to read one book from the list provided.  However, I recommend reading more than one book over the course of the entire summer. Upon returning to school, students will complete ONE project of their choice from the attached Reader Response Bingo Board. 
  • Activity #3- Students will login to their Classworks account: https://manager.classworks.com/catholicschoolsnj.org/ and complete the LA Grade 5 Spring 2020 bundle. Note: Students will be completing work in the grade they have just completed, not the grade you will be entering in September.  Students should work to complete all activities in the bundle by the first week of school. Student performance on these activities will help me differentiate instruction for the 2020/2021 school year. 

NOTE: Newly enrolled students will receive a LA packet to complete in lieu of Classworks.

 

Incoming 7th Graders: 

  • Activity #1- Short Story Unit “The Necklace” by Guy deMaupassant
  • Activity #2- Choose ONE book from the suggested reading list. Students are required to read one book from the list provided.  However, I recommend reading more than one book over the course of the entire summer. Upon returning to school, students will complete ONE project of their choice from the attached Reader Response Bingo Board. 
  • Activity #3- Students will login to their Classworks account: https://manager.classworks.com/catholicschoolsnj.org/ and complete the LA Grade 6 Spring 2020 bundle. Note: Students will be completing work for the grade they have just completed, not the grade they will be entering in September.  Students should work to complete all activities in the bundle by the first week of school. Student performance on these activities will help me differentiate instruction for the 2020/2021 school year. 

NOTE: Newly enrolled students will receive a LA packet to complete in lieu of Classworks.

 

Incoming 8th Graders: 

  • Activity #1- Short Story Unit  “Eleven” by Sandra Cisneros
  • Activity #2- Choose ONE book from the suggested reading list. Students are required to read one book from the list provided.  However, I recommend reading more than one book over the course of the entire summer. Upon returning to school, students will complete ONE project of their choice from the attached Reader Response Bingo Board. 
  • Activity #3- Students will login to their Classworks account: https://manager.classworks.com/catholicschoolsnj.org/ and complete the LA Grade 7 Spring 2020 bundle. Note: Students will be completing for the grade they  have just completed, not the grade they will be entering in September.  Students should work to complete all activities in the bundle by the first week of school. Student performance on these activities will help me differentiate instruction for the 2020/2021 school year. 

NOTE: Newly enrolled students will receive a LA packet to complete in lieu of Classworks.

Summer Reading Choice Novel Selections 

*Students should choose a novel from the list of the grade they will be entering in September.  These are just suggestions, students can choose a different novel from a higher grade level list.  However, if you choose to read a book that isn’t on this list it needs to be approved by Mrs. Cassidy.  sixthgrade@nullacademyolmc.org 

 

Grade 6:  

  • A View From Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg 
  • A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sacher
  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks 
  • A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban 
  • Free Baseball by Sue Corbett
  • Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson
  • Middle School: Get Me Out of Here by James Patterson
  • The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
  • Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  • Tangerine by Edward Bloor 
  • The Broken Blade by William Durbin 

Grade 7:  

    • The Giver by Lois Lowry 
    • The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage 
    • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
    • The Diary of Anne Frank
    • Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
    • An American Plague by Jim Murphy
    • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
    • Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech 
    • The Pinballs by Betsy Byars
    • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    • The Supernaturalist by Erin Colfer
    • Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Green

Grade 8: 

  • The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings 
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Midnight Magic by Avi
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton 
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 
  • Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse 
  • Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt 
  • Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis 
  • Locked in Time by Lois Duncan
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas