7th Grade Advanced Language Arts Reading Program

Posted on: June 6th, 2019 by Stacey Cornn

Dear Incoming Seventh Grade Student,

Congratulations, you have been selected for Advanced Language Arts and Reading classes for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  I’m looking forward to an awesome year!  In order to prepare for these classes, please complete the following activities over the summer.

Checklist (Read carefully and check off as you complete each item. You can complete the reading in any order.)

__________      1.  Read Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie (5.9 RL; 8 pts.) by Jordan Sonnenblick. You will need to complete the writing activity located on the back on this letter.  Please follow the directions.  The writing assignment is due on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

__________      2.  Additionally, you will need to come in and take the AR quiz over this novel.  The Media Center is open on most Wednesdays.  The dates are listed on the back. You must take this quiz prior to the start of school. The last date to take AR quizzes is Wednesday, July 31. If you take a quiz after this date, you will receive late credit. Additionally, please do not contact any adults about taking the quizzes at any other time other than the dates provided. Look over your summer schedule now and plan your reading and testing schedule!

__________      3.  Select one Young Hoosier Book (YHB) to read.  It should be one that you have not read previously.  You must select one that is at least a 4.5 reading level. Once you have finished reading it, come in and take the AR quiz over it.  There is no writing assignment over the YHB.


The Bookshelf (934-5800) will have copies of Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie; the Batesville Memorial Public Library will have copies of the Young Hoosier Books.  There are also copies of the Young Hoosier Books in our Media Center.

Reading is a life-long skill.  We hope that you will enjoy reading these and other pieces over the summer.  Don’t forget to take advantage of the Summer Reading Program at the Batesville Memorial Public Library.   Also, consider the BMS Young Hoosier Book reading incentive!  This is a great way to earn a trophy at the end-of-the-year awards program.

If you are not interested in completing the required reading, please contact the school as soon as possible.  You will be moved to regular seventh grade Language Arts and Reading classes.

I would like you to email me as soon as you receive this so we can correspond over the summer. You can use your email address or a parent’s email address. My address is lbarnett@batesville.k12.in.us. In a few weeks, I will share a rubric for the writing assignment.


Have a safe and relaxing summer!  Happy reading!


Mrs. Barnett


Summer Reading 2019