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Summer Reading Assignment 2017-Incoming Freshmen

The Brown Bag Exam
A Brown Bag Exam uses found objects and images to help students connect with a text and creates a framework for students to express their understanding. Students work individually to create concrete connections between the reading and their “Brown Bag” items. Unlike traditional assessment, the Brown Bag Exam is a joyful experience, an exam filled with conversation, idea exchange, laughter, and learning.
The four parts of a Brown Bag Exam:
  • As students read their summer reading novels, they will collect five artifacts that represent insights gained from the text as well as connect to various themes from the novels. Students are encouraged to be creative and draw not only literal connections, but employ symbolic interpretations as well. To assure that adequate thought is put into the collecting of artifacts, items are not to be those found readily in a school setting. (i.e.-no pencils, notebook paper, etc., that can be simply found on the day of the presentation).                                                              
  • Additionally, students must find five quotes from the novel that connect to the items. The quotes should be from poignant points in the plot.
  • Next, students will present the Brown Bags in front of their English class and share insights regarding their summer reading books, using the artifacts as visual aids to drive the discussion. They will also perform an oral reading of their quotations, explaining how the quotations further support the themes and artifacts of the novel.
  • The final step of the exam is to have students single out a specific aspect of the novel that had an impact on their personal learning. What new insights about life/society were discovered through reading the novel? Although these reflections will be shared orally, they must also be typed (one page minimum, double-spaced, 12pt. font) and be handed in at the end of the presentation. These individual perspectives and reflections will wrap up the exam.
The presentation should last three to five minutes, with an extra minute at the end for the class to ask questions, make comments, or pose additional insights to the presenter. Date of presentation will be within the first two weeks of the start of school, at teacher discretion.
Book Selections for 8th Graders-Summer 2017

Lord of the Flies - William Golding (Novel)
Young Man & The Sea - Rodman Philbrick
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
Summer of My German Soldier - Bette Greene

  • Books can be purchased through the front office for a nominal fee.
  • Digital copies (ebooks) can also be checked out at Three Rivers Library

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