Summer reading assignments

Below, by grade, are the BKW English Department reading assignments that must be completed over the summer.

7th Grade


Read:  The One and Only Ivan by K. A. Applegate OR The Underneath by Kathi Appelt

Assignment:  Question packet which can be found on the website and local libraries. You were also given one at the end of the school year.

Social Studies

Read:  Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen

8th Grade


Read:  The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park

Assignment: Question packet [PDF]on the school website,and in the local libraries

Social Studies

Read:  Soldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

9th Grade


Read: Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Assignment: Question packet [PDF]on the school website, on Mr. Goebel’s personal webpage, and copies are in the local libraries.

Mrs. Snyder’s English Classes-Choose one book from this list:

  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Imitate the Tiger by Jan Cheripko
  • Death Watch by Robb White
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Social Studies

Packet sent home with students

10th Grade


Read: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Assignment: Find and print two non-fiction articles on the Holocaust that match the main ideas of the novel.

Social Studies

Read:  A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

11th Grade


Read: Give me Liberty by L. M. Elliot OR Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara

Assignment: Complete the question packet for the book that you read. Both can be obtained off the school website or at the local library. You were also given a copy of both at the end of the school year.

Give me Liberty question packet [PDF]

Rise to Rebellion question packet [PDF]

Social Studies

Read: Don’t Know Much about American History by Kenneth C. Davis

Assignment: Worksheet due on the first day of school

12th Grade


Read: No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Assignment:  Answer the following question in 5-6 paragraphs:

In great works of literature, no scene of violence exists for its own sake. In a well-organized essay select a scene or scenes of violence and explain how the scenes contribute to the meaning of the work as a whole.

Social Studies

Read: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Assignment: Worksheet due on the first day of school