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Reading 7 Class

Reading 7  

You will EXCEL in the classroom as long as you focus, participate, and complete the classwork and the homework assigned.  By doing those things you are destined for greatness in room 202!

Reading 7 Class Updates  
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Welcome to Reading 7 Class! 

 Many of us chose to become teachers because we love literature. We began reading at a young age, we read voraciously, and we are outspoken about the many benefits, both intellectual and emotional, of reading books.  However, we soon discover that many adolescents in our classrooms do not share our views.  In fact, some of them claim to hate reading and do it as little as possible.  When they do read, they see little benefit in it.  Teachers like to “introduce” students to good literature, but also introduce them to the very act of reading and the pleasure it can bring.  We find we have to provide students with the opportunity and experience of reading a good book.

Overview of Reading 7 Class


Responsibilities of the student:

  • Completes reading and writing assignments
  • Actively participates in whole and small group discussions, accepts responsibility, applies strategies taught during mini-lessons, and reflects on own growth and learning.
  • Arrives to class with a book to read or selects one from the classroom library.
  • Reads as many books as possible during the semester.
  • Reads for a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day outside of Reading 7 Class.

What do students bring to reading class?


Students are to bring a “just right book” to read in class.  A student may bring two or three books to class, just in case, he/she finishes reading a book in class, or unsure whether he/she will like the currently being read in class.

  • Students should also bring a pencil or pen to class.


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Books Read by Grade 7 Students  

Welcome to Reading 7 class


Students are reading in reading class!    


  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  • The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  • The Genius Files by Dan Gutman
  • The Summer I learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
  • The Underdogs by Mile Lupica
  • Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Death Cure by James Dashner
  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
  • Missing by Becky Citra
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz
  • Day of Tears by Julius Lester
  • Matched by Ally Condie
  • Connecticut by Zachery Kent
  • The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
  • The Clockwork 3 by Matthew J. Kirby
  • I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • Preminitions by Jude Watson
  • Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Help by Kathryn Slockett
  • No Passengers Beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • Double Fake by Rich Wallace
  • Storm Mountain by Tom Birdseye
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Foul Trouble by John Feinstein
  • Perfect 10 by David Bruce
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner


Here are some ideas on where to borrow, purchase, or share books:

Below is a list of recommended middle school authors-





 Abbott, Tony


Applegate, Katherine

Bauer, Joan

Bodeen, S.A.

Bray, Libby

Cabot, Meg

Carter, Ally

Card, Orson Scott

Chevalier, Tracy

Christopher, Matt

Cooney, Caroline

Cormier, Robert

Creech, Sharon

Curtis, Christopher Paul

Duncan, Lois

Elliott, L.M.

Feinstein, John

Gaiman, Neil

Haddix, Margaret Peterson

Halse, Anderson

Hamilton, Virginia

Hesse, Karen

Hiassen, Carl

Hinton, S.E.

Hobbs, Will

Holt, Kimberly Willis

Jacques, Brian

Korman, Gordan

Kostick, Conor

Lockhart, E.

Lupica, Mike

Lowry, Lois

Meyer, Stephenie

Meyers, Walter Dean

McCaffrey, Anne

McMann, Lisa

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds

Paterson, Katherine

Paulsen, Gary

Pfeffer, Susan Beth

Peck, Richard

Pullman, Phillip

Rowling, J.K.

Sachar, Louis

Schmidt, Gary

Scott, Michael

Shusterman, Neal

Spinelli, Jerry

Voigt, Cynthia

Weeks, Sarah

Wolff, Virginia Euwer


Yolen, Jane

Zindel, Paul

Literacy Connections #1  

Literacy Connections

  • Ms. Skogg 
  •  Reading 7


Reading Tips for Parents of Middle School Students

 As a parent, you can be a powerful force in your child’s efforts to become a skillful reader. Whether your child is a proficient or a reluctant reader, your positive encouragement can help them make continuous strides toward success. Here are some suggestions on how you can support reading at home.


  • Ask your child about reading strategies he/she has learned at school. Have your child use these strategies when reading at home in their library books or completing homework.
  • Encourage your child to re-read material to get a deeper understanding of its contents. This is particularly true for non-fiction material, such as textbook content or articles.
  • Discuss the importance and approach of reading for different purposes: to entertain, to inform, to persuade, etc. Reading for different purposes helps to define the speed and depth of understanding to apply to that reading. Have your child set their purpose for reading before beginning to read.
  • Distinguish between skimming, scanning, speed reading and reading for deep understanding. Help your child to understand the appropriate applications of each and when to use them.
  • Encourage “engagement strategies” such as highlighting, using post-it notes, underlining, and developing questions as your child reads. These behaviors help to make the process a habit of making-meaning and to ensure your child is doing more than reading the words on the page. When reading in a library or school textbook, cutting post-it notes into smaller “flags” can serve a similar purpose.
  • Create a family “word wall” on a bulletin board or the refrigerator. Share new words you came across in your reading and what they mean.
  • If your child has an assigned reading, try to read the same book so you can have meaningful discussions about the story. If your child is struggling to complete an assigned reading, try taking turns listening to him/her read, and reading aloud to your child, checking frequently for understanding.
  • Emphasize the importance of reading as a life-long habit and encourage its frequent practice. Remember to have your child read every day and complete their reading log.


Thank you for your continuous support.

Literacy Connections#2  

Literacy Connections

Mrs. Skogg

Reading 7 


The common core requires students to read text with deeper meaning and understanding.  The following strategies help students practice a “close read” of portions of a challenging text, an essential skill for students to develop. Students are learning, using, and practicing these strategies in class and while completing their homework.

  • Say-Mean-Matter is the name of a strategy that helps students question the text, search for deeper meanings, and make connections between text and their lives.  It is effective for all students at all levels and it can be used with both nonfiction and fiction texts.

The strategy uses a three-column chart.  Students select a quote from the piece of text that they are working with,  then they search for deeper meaning by asking themselves what the quote “really” means and figuring out why it matters.  This analysis can then be developed into a long, more formal writing piece.



What does the text say?

What happened?

Cite text (quotation) or paraphrase.


What does the author mean?

How do I interpret this?

Read “between the lines.”


Why does it matter to me or others?

Why is this important?

What is the significance?

What are the implications?




 Literal vs. Inferred Meaning Chart:

Have students read an article then create a t-chart. On the left side, in a bulleted list, ask them to summarize the points in the article. On the right side, students should list what the article doesn’t say. What is being left out? Students will not only notice what is said, but also infer what is left unsaid. This helps students to realize that they cannot take everything they read at face value. This is especially beneficial for articles with statistical information as it helps students to see how information can be manipulated.


Please encourage your child to use these strategies in remedial reading and their other content classes. 



                       Thank you for your continued support.