Information related to English, ESOL, and Math summer assignments and reading lists
The Irving Math and English departments have prepared summer assignments to allow students to hone their academic skills and keep their mind sharp while school is out.
2017 MATH REVIEW FOR SUMMER
Summer math packets are now available for students to prepare for their math classes. Please have your child complete the summer math packet that corresponds with the class they are enrolled in for the 2017- 2018 school year. Students should show all their work and be able to complete the math problems without assistance. If you find that your child is struggling with the material and has a lot of questions, then please contact the Office of Student Services to discuss a more appropriate math placement for your student. Math teachers will expect that students turn in the completed math packets during the first week of school.
NOTE: Calculators should NOT be used on the Math 7 summer packet, but are allowed on all others.
2017 ENGLISH SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS AND READING REQUIREMENT
Summer Reading List for Rising 7th & 8th Grade Students:
Irving Middle School Students are expected to read three books over the summer. At least one of the books should be from the list of titles below. Books may be purchased or borrowed from a library.
The Fourteenth Goldfish
Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter. Will grandfather share his scientific discovery with the world?
When her nineteen-year-old brother Gage decides he can no longer stay with their guardian, eleven-year-old Ari leaves with him and endures a life of homelessness that challenges her schoolwork, friendships, and the promise made to her mother that she and her brother would stay together.
Julian isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.
The 7th Most Important Thing
Local appeal in that this book is set in Washington, D.C. In 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur is sentenced to community service helping the neighborhood Junk Man after he throws a brick at the old man's head in a moment of rage, but the junk he collects might be more important than he suspects. Inspired by the work of American folk artist James Hampton. Hampton’s actual artwork is on display on the 1st floor, west wing of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum.
I am Princess X
Years after writing stories about a superheroine character she created with a best friend who died in a tragic car accident, sixteen-year-old May is shocked to see stickers, patches, and graffiti images of the superheroine appearing around Seattle. Could her friend still be alive?
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.
The Great Greene Heist
Jackson Greene has a reputation as a prankster at Maplewood Middle School, but after the last disaster he is trying to go straight--but when it looks like Keith Sinclair may steal the election for school president from Jackson's former best friend Gabriela, he assembles a team to make sure Keith does not succeed. The collection of diverse, eccentric, slightly-sketchy characters that come together to help Jackson make this story fun to read.
The Tragedy Paper
It follows the story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get through his senior year unnoticed. Yet, despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential “It” girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving’s most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, but she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone ever finds out. Tim and Vanessa begin a clandestine romance, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving’s version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school’s least forgiving teacher. Jumping between viewpoints of the love-struck Tim and Duncan, a current senior about to uncover the truth of Tim and Vanessa, The Tragedy Paper is a compelling tale of forbidden love and the lengths people will go to keep their secrets.
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart. Can their friendship survive as Astrid becomes a roller derby player and Nicole continues with ballet?
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from social services after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years old, and he has no parents to offer them proof.
Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father. Can Ghost overcome the tragic events of his past and stay out of trouble himself to stay on the track team and be a part of a winning team?
In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
The City of Ember
The year is 241.Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger and finds part of an ancient message she feels sure will help save her decaying city. The first in The Books of Ember series.
The Eighth Day
Orphan Jax Aubrey doesn't expect much on his thirteenth birthday, but when he discovers there's an extra day squeezed between Wednesday and Thursday whose origins are rooted in Arthurian legend, it's clear his life will never be the same. First book of a trilogy for science-fiction fans!
Nick's father relocates him and his younger brother across the country after a mysterious house fire burns down their home and kills Nick's mother. Nick chooses the attic for his bedroom, and hosts a yard sale to sell all of the junk that had been left up there by the previous owner. Nick and his new school friends soon discover that the antique items each have extraordinary properties due to enhancements made by genius scientist Nikola Tesla. Nick and his friends must get back everything that was sold at the garage sale, but their new mission is in danger due to a secret society of physicists determined to use the items for the wrong reasons.
The year is 1867, the South has been defeated, and the American Civil War is over. But the conflict goes on. Yankees now patrol the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and its citizens, both black and white, are struggling to redefine their roles and relationships. By day, fourteen-year-old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons with Rachel, a freed slave, at her school for African-American children. By night he follows his older brother Jeremiah to the meetings of a group whose stated mission is to protect Confederate widows like their mother. But as the true murderous intentions of the group, now known as the Ku Klux Klan, are revealed, Shad finds himself trapped between old loyalties and what he knows is right.
From the author of Prisoner B-3087. It is 1943, and thirteen-year-old Michael O'Shaunessey, son of the Irish ambassador to Nazi Germany in Berlin, is also a spy for the British Secret Service, so he has joined the Hitler Youth, and pretending that he agrees with their violence and book-burning is hard enough--but when he is asked to find out more about "Projekt 1065" both his and his parents' lives get a lot more dangerous.
Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell
The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.
The Inquisitor’s Tale
2017 Newbery Honor Book. Crossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound that was raised from the dead. The three children and the mystical greyhound join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.
I Will Always Write Back
The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the pen-pal relationship that changed both of their lives forever.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler
Danish brothers, Knud and Jens Pedersen, stood up to their Nazi occupiers at the onset of World War II. The two teens started a new group, The Churchill Club, which committed countless acts of vandalism and sabotage, infuriating the Nazis. Eventually captured and imprisoned, their efforts helped spark a nationwide resistance movement.
Steve Jobs: Insanely Great
Told through a combination of black-and-white illustrations and handwritten text, this fast-paced and entertaining biography in graphic format presents the story of the ultimate American entrepreneur, the man who brought us Apple Computer, Pixar, Macs, iPods, iPhones, and more.
Kids love to express themselves, and are designers by nature--whether making posters for school, deciding what to hang in their rooms, or creating personalized notebook covers. Go, by the award-winning graphic designer Chip Kidd, is a stunning introduction to the ways in which a designer communicates his or her ideas to the world. It's written and designed just for those curious kids, not to mention their savvy parents, who want to learn the secret of how to make things dynamic and interesting.
What if?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
As he does in his xkcd webcomic, author Munroe applies reason and research to hypothetical conundrums ranging from the philosophical to the scientific (often absurd, but never pseudo).