• Manasquan Schools

    Summer Assignment



    Department: Language Arts


    Course: (Incoming) ELA Grade 7 and ELA Grade 7 STEM


    Due Date: 1st week of school


    Reading(s): Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls


    *For students in the Honors class, please choose an additional novel from the selection below:

    • Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
    • The President Has Been Shot by James Swanson
    • Ungifted by Gordon Korman
    • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
    • Maus by Art Spiegelman
    • Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (YA Adaptation)
    • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (ISBN 978-0-14-043768-3)
    • Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap
    • Ashes of Roses by MJ Auch

    Assignment(s): You will be reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls for summer reading.  During the first week of school, you will be given a task which will ask you to reflect on the novel.  This task will be connected to our first unit in our 7th grade curriculum, Seeing Our True Selves.  As you are reading your novel, you should be considering how the characters and events may connect to this theme. Is the main character true to himself or herself?  Does the main character act the same around others, or does the character change?  It is highly recommended to take notes or mark important moments and/or quotes, as you will be able to use your notes in class!


    Our goal is to provide enjoyable reading material and create lifelong readers and thinkers!