Summer Reading for Rising Fourth-Graders

Required:  Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff
These books are to help us prepare for our year-long research question: “What does it mean to be Human?” These can be found on Amazon as well as the public library. 

In addition, each fourth-grade student must select two books to read. The criteria for these books is listed below:

Two books from different genres - Students may choose the genres and the titles. 

For both books, students need to fill out an index card with the following information:
Main characters
Interesting parts

In addition, each child should be prepared to share about one of their books at book talks in September. Book talks are short, direct and mostly enthusiastic endorsements of particular titles. In one or two minutes students will tell the story of a book they loved: who the main character is, what his or her problem is, a bit of the plot, its genre and what made the reader love it. We want students to be inspired to read this book, not learn about exactly what happened. Think about a book review as an example. It will be helpful to have the book available for others to see.  

Possible Genres:
Historical fiction
Poetry anthology
Poetry collection
Realistic fiction
Science fiction
Short-story collection
Sports novel

**Books may be found at the local library.  Please do not feel that you need to purchase any of them.  We encourage reading in any capacity, whether students read alone, with parents or siblings, with an audiotape, or have books read to them.  

We will be discussing these books in September. Completing summer reading in June may interfere with remembering details. Hot August days are great days for curling up with a book.


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