Summer Reading


Study Guides

6th Grade Study Guide for The City of Ember

7th Grade Study Guide for Treasure Island

10th Grade Study Guide for Silas Marner

11th Grade Study Guide for Scarlett Letter

8th Grade Study Guide for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

9th Grade Study Guide for Bronze Bow

12 Grade Study Guide for To Kill a Mockingbird

Summer Reading Instructions


SUMMER READING PROGRAM                     

In order to improve reading skills and to prepare for fall classes, CBS has a required summer reading program for all students going into grades 6-12.  Students going into 6th grade are required to read the book listed on the study guide given at the top of this web page.  Students in grades 7-12 are to read two books from the list for the grade they are entering in August; the one in bold type is required for all students, but the second book is their choice.  Students will submit a completed reading guide (given at the top of this web page) for the required book and a written report over the book of their choice.  The reading guide may be complete WHILE reading the book. (NOTE: Students DO NOT have to write a report over the required book.)  Any NEW student who enrolls after July 15th will be expected to read and complete the reading guide for the required book in bold print only.Students are to read complete, unabridged versions of all works, but they are not to report on books they have read previously.  If a student has already read the required book, he should still re-read it.  A report over a movie is NOT acceptable.

The written book report and reading guide are due the first day of school.  These reports are to be done according to the guidelines given for that grade (see information on the back) and typed.  Please call the school office with any questions.


SEVENTH GRADE                        

    • *Treasure Island—R. L. Stevenson

    • Anne of Green Gables—L.M. Montgomery

      The Incredible Journey—Sheila Burnford

      Where the Red Fern Grows—Wilson Rawls

      Adam of the Road—Elizabeth Janet Gray

      The Witch of Blackbird Pond—Elizabeth G. Speare

      Kidnapped—R.L. Stevenson



    • *Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry—M.D. Taylor
    • Johnny Tremain—Esther Forbes

      Around the World in Eighty Days—Jules Verne

      Journey to the Center of the Earth—Jules Verne

      Rifles for Waite—Harold Keith

      Little Women—L.M. Alcott

      Swiss Family Robinson—Johann D. Wyss



    • *The Bronze Bow—Elizabeth G. Speare
    • Across Five Aprils—Irene Hunt

      Out of the Silent Planet—C.S. Lewis

      Captains Courageous—Rudyard Kipling

      Count of Monte Cristo—Alexander Dumas

      In His Steps—Charles Sheldon

      Great Expectations—Charles Dickens

      Lord of the Rings (any from the series)—J.R.R. Tolkien


      TENTH GRADE                               

    • *Silas Marner—George Eliot
    • The Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day—Scott O’Dell

      Journey to the Center of the Earth—Jules Verne

      Cathedral—David McCauley

      Little Men—L.M. Alcott

      Lorna Doone—Richard Blackmore

      The Man Without a Country—Edward E. Hale


      ELEVENTH GRADE                      

    • *The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorn
    • The Deerslayer – James F. Cooper

      Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet B. Stowe

      Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane

      The Call of the Wild – Jack London

      Moby Dick – Herman Melville

      Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – S.L. Clemens


      TWELFTH GRADE                        

    • *To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee [The GEM Approach: A Biblical Approach to Objectionable Elements in Literature is also included]
    • Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan
    • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

      Wuthering HeightsEmily Brontë

      Ivanhoe – Sir Walter Scott

      The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith

      Emma – Jane Austen

      Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

      The Mayor of Casterbridge – Thomas Hardy

      Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe

      The Mill on the Floss – George Eliot


      Summer Book Report


      Book reports should be typed.  Use one inch margins and a standard twelve (12) point font.  Type your name, date, grade, and book title in the upper right-hand corner.  Do NOT put reports in any type of folder or report cover.


      Type the following book information at the top of the page:

      1. Book Title:_________________________________________________________
      2. Author:____________________________________________________________
      3. Publisher:__________________________________________________________
      4. Date of Publication:__________________________________________________


      Answer the following questions using complete sentences and good paragraph form as indicated by the question.  Number each answer and skip a line between answers.  QUESTIONS 4-5 ARE FOR JUNIORS AND SENIORS ONLY.


      1. Who is the main character?  Find three important quotations that reveal something about his/her personality.  Copy each quote exactly (include page numbers), and explain in a few sentences following it what that quotation reveals about the character’s personality.  Skip a line between these quotes.


      1. Describe the setting (time and place) as thoroughly as you can. Use specific details (one good paragraph).



      1. Describe the major conflict in the story. Write a plot summary that covers the beginning, middle, and end of the book in one concise paragraph (200 words maximum).
      2. Discuss the theme or some of the lessons that emerge from this novel. Use at least two specific incidents in the book to support your ides.


      1. Discuss what is unique or interesting about the writer’s word choice and style. (Sometimes flashbacks, symbol, poetic devices, vocabulary, or vivid imagery enhance a work.  What about his author stands out to you?)


      • State how much of the book you have read in a complete sentence.



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