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Required Summer Reading 2018: School Projects

A composition of summer reading recommendations and requirements for Huntsville City, Madison County, Madison City, and surrounding schools.

Huntsville City Reading "Book Talk"

From Huntsville City School website:

Hook your audience!

  • Read a quote from the book
  • Ask a question of your audience
  • Introduce the main character
  • Vividly set the scene

You may use a combination of a few of the above techniques.

Make sure to also give the title and author of the book.


In a paragraph or two, summarize the plot of the book.  Be sure that your summary introduces the main character, identifies the problem, and leads us toward the solution - without giving away the ending!


Share your opinion!

  • How did you feel about the book?
  • What did you think of the author?
  • Would you recommend it to others?
  • What would you rate it?

Entice your audience!

  • Ask a rhetorical question
  • Read a quote from the book
  • Use a cliffhanger

You may use a combination of the above techniques.

Remember, your book talk should flow nicely like a commercial.  It should not be a giant list answering these questions.

Bob Jones High School Projects

These are downloadable documents, describing summer projects for students at Bob Jones High School.

James Clemons High School Projects

 These are downloadable documents, describing summer projects for students at James Clemons.

Sparkman High English 10 Extra Credit Project

Objective: To analyze selected novel and determine main characters, setting, plot, and symbols

Due Date: First Day of Class

Compete paper bag assignment:

1. Decorate front of the bag with scene from novel, title, author's name, your name

2. Decorate back of the bag with main and supporting characters' names, setting, plot, and 2 symbols in novel

3. Include in the bag 5 objects that help tell the story, 2 symbolic objects, 3 objects reminding you of main characters, and 2 objects related to the author.


Sparkman High English 11 Project

Choose of the following projects, complete, and turn in on first day of class.

1. Children's Story

2. Write your own Scene

3. Rewrite the Ending

4. Model of the Setting

5. Graphic Novel

Sparkman High English 12 Project

Sparkman High AP Literature Project

Part One and Part Two of assignment are both due one week from the first day of class.