It was GREAT seeing you all today!  Here are some additional reminders...

1.  Purchase your Planners ($6) and your Parent Communication Folders ($1) as soon as possible.

2.  Bring back the Student Emergency, Internet Permission Use, and Ten For Me forms as soon as they are completed and signed.

-Ms. Amezquita

Summer Reading Project


Directions:  Read two books of your choosing (as long as they are your age and maturity level).  Complete one mini-project for each book.  See the choices listed below.  Both mini-projects will count towards your first Literacy test grade.  Spelling, Grammar, Creativity, and Neatness count!!!  Happy Reading!!  :D

Here’s the list of mini projects from which to choose:

  1. Imagine you are a character in the book, and write a diary entry about your experiences, thoughts, and feelings.

  2. Write a letter to a character in the book, giving her or him advice.

  3. Imagine that you are the author of the book, and describe what happened to one of the characters years before or years after the time of the book.

  4. Write a short composition on one of the themes for the book.  For example, if one of the themes is love, you might write a composition about love, using examples from the book.

  5. Write a poem, song, rap, or story about the character, conflict, theme, symbol or another element of the book.

  6. Draw a picture or diagram based on one of the characters or scenes from the book.  (You may do this only once per book.)  You should draw with care and purpose, and provide detailed explanations or quotes.

  7. Interview one of the characters about the story or about anything your imagination comes up with, asking questions in your voice and giving answers in the character’s voice.

  8. Review the book.  Give your opinions about it:  cite examples and quotes from the book to support why you recommend it to a friend?  Why or why not?

  9. Write about the main problem or conflict in the book.  Who is involved and what is it about? 

  10. Finish the sentence:  “I love (or hate) the way the author (or character)…”  (Remember, 250-300 words!)

  11. Design a final exam for your book.  The exam must contain 5-10 True/False questions, 10 multiple choice, 5 short answers, and one essay.  Supply a completed answer sheet.


Get a jump start towards your Independent Reading Project where you are to read 16 different genres and complete a Story Frame for each genre.  The more you read over the summer, the faster you will complete this project.  Final deadline to complete this project is Friday, June 5, 2015.

Have a wonderful time reading this summer!

Feel free to email me with any questions at

Ms. Naomi L. Amezquita

Gr. 7/8 - English Language Arts