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Summer Reading assignments for GT and Pre-AP Students

2019 English I Pre-AP

So, here’s your blank canvas. What will you create?


Dear Parents, Guardians, and students:

Let me be among the first to welcome you to the high school experience! You are about to begin a time in your life you will never forget. This time is going to be challenging, exciting, moving, and something never experienced before and never to be experienced again.
You’ll get out of it what you put into it.

Many of you are taking on multiple Advanced Placement or Pre-Advanced Placement classes. This is the best way to prepare you for college, so you are making the right choice. You must remember these classes are preparing you for college, so the work is going to be difficult. It is better to be prepared now than not to be prepared later. Being able to do all the things your classes demand of you is what will one day make you powerful, successful, and allow you to change the world.

We read because reading allows you to see the world you cannot experience. One of the most effective ways to learning about who we are is to study those who we are not. You will take from this class that there is more to life than ever imagined. It’s bigger, sweeter, more tragic, and more alive with meaning than ever imagined. So we write.

We write because if you don’t find your own voice, someone will speak for you. You never know how you feel or what you want in life because the words at your disposal are someone else’s and don’t represent your wants or needs. In order to write, you must learn the intricacies in the rules of language because if you don’t learn to use it, it will use you.

All in all, take what you learn from this class and carry it with you when it’s time to tackle the biggest questions, the biggest changes, and to find your place in a noisy world. You’ll learn that the questions of life are never closed. There’s always another plot twist; there’s always another perspective. You’ll learn to take tips from the wise that you’ll confront in the books you read, the peers sitting next to you, and the people reading this letter with you now. Then, you’ll measure the tips, sift through them, and bring them to the court of your own experience.

Remember: You’ll get out of it what you put into it.

Best,
English I Pre-AP Teachers


2019 Summer Reading Assignment for Pre-AP English I
Mesquite ISD


Note to parents and students: Please read the entire assignment before you begin working. Please do not wait until the last minute to complete your summer reading assignment. I know you are excited about summer and you are ready to enjoy your break from school, but don’t procrastinate and cause yourself stress by putting these assignments off until the day or week before school begins. Remember this assignment will be my first impression of you, so put in your best effort. I am looking forward to seeing all that you are capable of.

Finally, DO NOT LET THIS SCARE YOU! You have a lot of information coming your way right now. Take a deep breath, read this again, and email me or contact me via Google Classroom with any questions.


PART 1 – SELF-SELECT NOVEL
A. Read the following novel:
                o The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

B. While you are reading this novel, you will need to create a chart that contains at least 5 quotes from the novel revealing how the protagonist of the story is or is not a hero.

As you read the novel, split the novel into three equal sections: beginning, middle, and end. Pull   1-2 quotes from each section that you feel best show the protagonist(s) of your story’s heroic      nature. You will need a total of 5 quotes from your novel. You will make a chart using the 5 quotes.

I would suggest annotating, or making notes about all important quotes showing heroic traits as you are reading in a journal or in the margin of your book. Then go back and choose 5 BEST quotes which show how your protagonist is a hero to include in your chart.

Follow these directions and use this format to complete your chart:

1. Choose a passage from the book that is significant because it shows a characteristic of the hero that is in your book and copy it word for word under the “evidence” column. Be sure to put it in quotation marks. Also include the page number.
2. In the next column titled “Context”, give a brief description of what is happening in that exact moment in the text.
3. For the final column titled “Character Insight”, consider the following questions:

1. How does the hero in your book fit or not fit the mold of a hero?
2. How is the hero in your book different from other heroes?
3. Does he/she always do the right thing?
4. Is he/she flawed?
5. What lessons do they learn?
6. How does he/she change through the challenges he/she faces?
7. Does your hero always succeed, or does he/she sometimes face defeat?

3. Your “character insight” should be longer than your quote.
4. Repeat the above process until you have 5 quotes and responses.
5. CAUTION: Do not choose a quote just because it’s short!
6. REMINDER: A quote is anything taken from the book—not just when a character is speaking. (You do not have to see quotation marks in the book for it to be a quote!)


Some specifics for your chart:
 Please read the directions carefully and look at the example.
 Please type your responses if possible.
 The “CHARACTER INSIGHT” column should reflect a close reading of the book.
 I will check your chart for a grade. Please bring it on the first day of class OR ensure it is loaded onto Google Classroom. Please do not put your assignment in a spiral, journal, or folder.
 You need to complete your chart soon after reading the book while the story is fresh in your mind.

PART 2 – 250 Word Writing Sample

A. Using your chart, complete a 250 - 300 word writing sample that determines if your character is a hero or not.

1. Start a new Google document or write out your sample. Please do not put your assignment in a spiral, journal, or folder.


2. Make sure your complete heading is on the document:
Student Name
English I, Pre-AP
August __, 2019


3. To count the number of words used in your entry:
1. Go to “tools”
2. Click “Word Count”

2019 8th grade Pre-AP and GT Summer Reading Assignment

8th grade Pre-AP and GT Summer Reading Assignment

This summer, you will read 2 novels and complete an assignment over your reading. Please read through the activities before reading your novel; this will help you NOTICE and NOTE the parts of your novel that will help you complete the assignment.

Novel Choice – Students will read two books this summer.

1. Choose a novel to read from the following list. These novels are available at your school library, your local library, and via online access through OverDrive.

Make sure the book you’ve chosen is not something you’ve read before or seen the movie of before.

 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
 Wonder by R.J. Palacio
 Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
 The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
 Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
 The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
 Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley

2. Read a novel of your choice. Find something that you like and enjoy! Remember, your choice should be grade-level appropriate for a middle school student. Please, do not read a novel that you have already read.

Complete both of the following assignments:

Assignment #A:
Watch the movie version of the novel you chose in #1. Make sure you read the book BEFORE you watch the movie. Write a 1 to 2-page response (12 point font) to the book and its movie version. Your response should include the following:

 EXPLAIN –
o Not all books are made into movies. What do you think is special, interesting, or unique about this book that made a movie studio decide to make a movie version? Give specific examples from the book that support your explanation.

 COMPARE AND CONTRAST –
o Compare and contrast the setting that you imagined when you read the book with the setting portrayed in the movie. Cite specific examples of the setting in the book and the setting in the movie.
o Compare and contrast the main character that you imagined when you read the book with the main character as he/she was portrayed in the movie. Cite specific examples and details from the book and the movie.

 EVALUATE – Your opinion counts! Which did you like better: the book or the movie? Give a full explanation with examples and details from the book and the movie.


Assignment #B:
Create a BOOK TALK for your choice novel from #2. What is a BOOK TALK? Book Talks are brief “teasers” given enthusiastically as a way to entice others to read a particular book. They are very similar to movie trailers, which show just enough information to convince you to watch. Please do not confuse Book Talks with a book summary or a book report. You may include some summary in your Book Talk, but remember you are trying to convince others to read this book.

What to include in your BOOK TALK:

1. ATTENTION GETTER: Start off with an interesting quotation, ask a question or an interesting fact from the book to capture your audience’s attention. (If you use a quote, be sure you include an explanation of the quotation!)

2. INTRODUCTION: Be sure to clearly state the title of the book and the author’s name at the beginning of your Book Talk. Bring your book to show the class what it looks like.

3. BODY: Spend the majority of your time discussing the plot and conflict, but include setting, major characters, and a theme. Do not just list characters—remember this Book Talk is essentially a persuasive speech—you are convincing your audience to read the book. You may become a character in the book. (“Let me tell you about myself. My name is Harry Potter…”)

4. CONCLUSION: Do not give away too much of the story!! NEVER tell the ending! Give your opinion of the book (maybe using “stars”) and reasons why other should read this book and perhaps what type of student would enjoy this book.

5. MUST HAVES: Create a visual aid to help your presentation.

Visual aid ideas:
 Make a video or book trailer (time for your video will not be a part of your 3 minutes)
 Create an advertisement or movie poster for your book
 Create Google Slides
 Create a Prezi

6. EXTRA CREDIT: Dress up like a character from your book!

7. PRACTICE: Work on appropriate presentation skills: make eye contact, do not read your notes, use body language to communicate your message, speak loudly and clearly, etc. Use notecards (know your material).

2019 7th grade Pre-AP and GT Summer Reading Assignment

This summer, you will read 2 novels and complete an assignment over your reading. Please read through the activities before reading your novel; this will help you NOTICE and NOTE the parts of your novel that will help you complete the assignment.

Novel Choice – Students will read two book this summer.

1. Choose a novel to read from the following list. These novels are available at your school library, your local library, and via online access through OverDrive.

 Restart by Gordan Korman
 Dear Martin by Nic Stone
 One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
 City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
 Drums, Girls, & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenbuck
 The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
 Refugee by Alan Gratz
 A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

2. Read a novel of your choice. Find something that you like and enjoy! Remember, your choice should be grade-level appropriate for a middle school student. Please, do not read a novel that you have already read.

Summer Reading Choice Board

Using your novel from #1, choose from any of the following assignments to earn 100 points total. You may combine anything that you find interesting as long as the sum of the assignments equals 100 total points.

Defend the Book - 5 points
Pretend your school has just decided not to allow the students to read this book anymore. Criticize the decision and defend the book so future students will be able to read it in class. You should write at least ½ page.

Symbol Synopsis - 5 points
Draw at least 1 symbol to represent the main idea in each chapter. So, if there are 10 chapters, you should have at least 10 symbols or drawings. Explain each symbol by telling me what it is and why it is important to the story.

Diary Entries - 5 points
Pretend you are the main character. Write 3 diary entries (dated on 3 different days) from his/her point of view, describing the events of the day and his/her thoughts over the events. Use quotes and page numbers from the novel to support your decisions.

New Title - 10 points
Think of a title for each chapter in the novel you read (if the novel already has chapter titles, think of different ones). Then, for each chapter, explain why you chose that title. Explanations should be detailed.

Letter - 10 points
Write a letter to the author of the book and tell him/her your response to an event that you found to be very funny or sad.

Collage - 10 points
Using pictures cut out of a magazine, printed off the Web, or hand-drawn, create a collage that describes your favorite character of this novel. The entire page (at least 8.5” x 11”) should be filled with images.

Movies & Video Games - 10 points
Movies/Video Games – Choose 5 movies or 5 video games you think a character from the novel would enjoy. Give a summary of each movie or game, and explain why you think your character would enjoy it. You may wish to refer to a movie or video game guide to jog your memory.

Scholarship - 25 points
Pretend that a character from the novel is trying to get a scholarship, which is worth $25,000 to the college of his/her choice. He/she has asked you to write the recommendation letter. Compose a formal letter that explains why this person is a good choice for the scholarship. Use proper letter format.

Comic Strip - 25 points
Pick out your favorite scene from the book. Create a comic strip of the scene where you illustrate what’s going on and give the characters dialogue in word bubbles. Include page numbers to tell the reader where he/she can find that scene in the book. Add color to your comic strip.

Quote - 25 points
Pick a quote from the book that helps portray the overall theme of the story. Write the quote, the speaker, and the page number at the top of your paper. Then, write at least 1 page (front only) over why you think this quote is related to the overall theme.

Soundtrack - 25 points
Pretend the book you read is going to be made into a movie, and that you are in charge of all the music. List at least 5 songs you think would go along with this movie. For each song, you must include who sings it, and where in the movie (what scene or chapter) this song would be appropriate to play. When you are done, design an album cover for your movie soundtrack. Be sure to include the name of the album and your own name on the album cover.

Coat of Arms - 50 points
A coat of arms is a symbolic emblem of a person. Think of the main character in the novel you read. Design a coat of arms that you feel is appropriate for your character. You may want to research coats of arms, or you may want to create your own symbols. You may draw symbols or use computer clipart or magazine cutouts. In any case, explain the meaning of the symbols you use.

Backpack - 50 points
Think about a character from the novel you read. Provide at least 15 items (or good, detailed, colored pictures of the items) you think that character might carry in a backpack. Then explain why, based on information in the novel, the character would choose those items. Provide page numbers and quotes to help prove your point. Use complete sentences to explain what each item reveals about that character’s personality.

2019 6th grade Pre-AP and GT Summer Reading Assignment

This summer, you will read 2 novels and complete an assignment over your reading. Please read through the activities before reading your novel; this will help you NOTICE and NOTE the parts of your novel that will help you complete the assignment.

Novel Choice – Students will read two books this summer.

1. Choose a novel to read from the following list. These novels are available at your school library, your local library, and via online access through OverDrive.

 Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson
 Baseball in April by Gary Soto
 Paperboy by Vince Vawter
 P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Garcia-Williams
 Ghost by Jason Reynolds
 A Tale of Dark and Grim by Adam Gidwitz
 Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
 Pax by Sara Pennypacker

2. Read a novel of your choice. Find something that you like and enjoy! Remember, your choice should be grade-level appropriate for a middle school student. Please, do not read a novel that you have already read.

Summer Reading Choice Board

Using your novel from #1, choose from any of the following assignments to earn 50 points total. You may combine anything that you find interesting as long as the sum of the assignments equals 50 total points.

Defend the Book - 5 points
Pretend your school has just decided not to allow the students to read this book anymore. Criticize the decision and defend the book so future students will be able to read it in class. You should write at least ½ page.

Symbol Synopsis - 5 points
Draw at least 1 symbol to represent the main idea in each chapter. So, if there are 10 chapters, you should have at least 10 symbols or drawings. Explain each symbol by telling me what it is and why it is important to the story.

Diary Entries - 5 points
Pretend you are the main character. Write 3 diary entries (dated on 3 different days) from his/her point of view, describing the events of the day and his/her thoughts over the events. Use quotes and page numbers from the novel to support your decisions.

New Title - 10 points
Think of a title for each chapter in the novel you read (if the novel already has chapter titles, think of different ones). Then, for each chapter, explain why you chose that title. Explanations should be detailed.

Letter - 10 points
Write a letter to the author of the book and tell him/her your response to an event that you found to be very funny or sad.

Collage - 10 points
Using pictures cut out of a magazine, printed off the Web, or hand-drawn, create a collage that describes your favorite character of this novel. The entire page (at least 8.5” x 11”) should be filled with images.

Movies & Video Games - 10 points
Movies/Video Games – Choose 5 movies or 5 video games you think a character from the novel would enjoy. Give a summary of each movie or game, and explain why you think your character would enjoy it. You may wish to refer to a movie or video game guide to jog your memory.

Scholarship - 25 points
Pretend that a character from the novel is trying to get a scholarship, which is worth $25,000 to the college of his/her choice. He/she has asked you to write the recommendation letter. Compose a formal letter that explains why this person is a good choice for the scholarship. Use proper letter format.

Comic Strip - 25 points
Pick out your favorite scene from the book. Create a comic strip of the scene where you illustrate what’s going on and give the characters dialogue in word bubbles. Include page numbers to tell the reader where he/she can find that scene in the book. Add color to your comic strip.

Quote - 25 points
Pick a quote from the book that helps portray the overall theme of the story. Write the quote, the speaker, and the page number at the top of your paper. Then, write at least 1 page (front only) over why you think this quote is related to the overall theme.

Soundtrack - 25 points
Pretend the book you read is going to be made into a movie, and that you are in charge of all the music. List at least 5 songs you think would go along with this movie. For each song, you must include who sings it, and where in the movie (what scene or chapter) this song would be appropriate to play. When you are done, design an album cover for your movie soundtrack. Be sure to include the name of the album and your own name on the album cover.

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GIRLS' ATHLETICS

Email Coach Ausbrooks for the Lady Tiger Website information!  

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DRESS CODE for Girls Athletics

2019-2020:

Preathletics:  gray shirt, black shorts

7th Grade:  royal blue shirt, black shorts

8th Grade:  gray shirt, black shorts

ALL classes need to wear athletic shoes.

Paperwork is due the FIRST day of school!  Next year we will be using RankOne to complete paperwork except a physical paper from the doctor (this can be done over the summer) and the LadyTiger/MISD Expectations and Discipline Sheet!  

To be in Girl Athletics:  athletes MUST have passed 4 of the 6 Six Weeks, no more than 3 office referrals (depending on the incidents), have been dressed out each day, give full effort, and have tried out for a sport.

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PreATHLETICS

Dress Code:

Gray shirt with black shorts and athletic shoes

THIS IS NOT A P.E. CLASS!  This is a class based on learning fundamentals in the following:

VOLLEYBALL:  passing, setting, hitting, serving, basic positions, teamwork

BASKETBALL:  dribbling, ball handling, shooting form, defense, lay-up form, teamwork

TRACK:  running correctly, field events, relay hand-offs

SPORTS PERFORMANCE CORE:  working on the core, conditioning, and basic work-out ethics

 

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Art

Email Ms. Still for more information about Art.

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Contact Mrs. Saffle for more information.

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Choir

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Handbook in English

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6th Grade Calendar

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Fri Aug 31st - Choir Social 3:45-5:30PM-FREE

Wed. Oct 10th- Fall Concert- 6:30(6th grade) & 7:30(7th-8th grade)-MANDATORY

Fri. Nov 30th- All City Choir Concert-7:00pm

Fri. Dec 7th Winter Tour & Celebration Station-4pm-7pm

Wed. Dec 12th-Winter Concert- 6:30(6th grade) & 7:30(7th-8th grade)-MANDATORY

Theater & Drama

Email Mrs. Miller for more information.

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Orchestra

Email Mrs. Moten for more information.

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Please congratulate the Terry Advanced Orchestra— they did a truly superior job at their UIL contest and earned a score of ONE from every judge, earning them the coveted Sweepstakes trophy! Terry orchestras have earned a sweepstakes trophy every year since Terry opened! I am so proud of these kiddos! 

 

Aguilar, Vinedict 
Alfaro, Nataley 
Alvarez-Vives, Hulda 
Aquino, Giselle 
Clouse, Chloe 
Cortez, Brandon 
Desiderio, Jessica 
Dunn, Kal
Flores, Andre
George, Samuel  
George, Sharon 
Jeffcoat, Emma 
Johnson, Jocelyn 
Johnson, Nathaniel 
Kersting, Aeris 
Lee, Ian 
Lira, Erica  
 
Luna-Baldenegro, Manuel 
Maldonado, Isabella
 
Mashell, Janese 
Mendiola, Elijah (HE IS A 6TH GRADER)
Mendoza, Ezekiel 
Najera, Jose 
Ogbuehi, Chiamaka 
Ogbuehi, Chisara
Okubote, Tishe
Ramos, Jashley 
Ramos, Joseph 
Riley, Cynthia 
Tugade, Francesca 

Activities, Clubs & Organizations

Cheer

2019-2020 Terry Tiger Cheerleaders

8th Grade                                      7th Grade

Hailey Hughes                                         Michaia Thomas

Taryn Hicks                                              Ngone Diop

Laney Park                                              Marlene Ramirez

Leslie Gonzalez                                       Asiah Gist

Alyssa Green                                           Denisse Ruvalacaba

Sydney Griffin                                          Zhari Vailes

Julissa Gonzalez                                      Gloria Perez

Melanie Roque                                         Chloe Espinoza

Aubrey Ivey                                              Aayden Washington

Shamarian Samuels                                 Alondra Mendoza

Junia Green                                             Leslie Acosta

Madelyn Rodriguez                                  Keona Beck

Nancy Valadez                                         Jacqueline Rodriquez

Emily Garcia                                             Tiniah Armstead

Mascot:  Aniah Ross