Information Quick Guide: Summer Reading

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Want to know where to find information fast when you need it? Look no further. This quick guide is here to point you in the right direction for all things related to the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.


Summer Reading Blog

Questions about Summer Reading? We've got you covered Click above to read our Summer Reading Blog posted in June. We have simplified the answers to some of the most common questions we receive about summer reading. For full details, please be sure to check out our website, and read the 2016 Summer Reading Letter. Thank you and Happy Reading!


Calling All Book Projects

With summer reading off to a great start, it's time to start thinking about book projects. Scholars in grades 2nd - 12th must submit a book project by the end of the second week of school. The deadline is Friday, September 2, 2016. Check out some amazing projects submitted by scholars last year. 

Poetry Memorization (PreK - 12th)

ALL OSOTA SCHOLARS must choose and memorize one poem by a FAMOUS poet. Families may search and select a famous poem from online. However, we recommend selections from the poetry book by Caroline Kennedy, Poems to Learn by Heart . The poems will be recited in English Language Arts class during the second week of school. 


Watch this Amazing Stop Motion Video 


More Project Ideas from 2015 -2016

Book Project Ideas

*Choose one project based upon grade entering

Elementary Projects (2nd - 12th)
• Create a sculpture of a character. Use any combination of soap, wood, clay, sticks, wire, stones, old toy pieces, or any other object. An explanation of how this character fits into the book should accompany the sculpture.
• Write a diary that one of the story's main characters might have kept before, during, or after the book's events. Remember that the character's thoughts and feelings are very important in a diary.
• Create a puppet show and video tape it.
• Make several sketches of some of the scenes in the book and label them, creating a picture book.
• Video tape an interview between you and a character of the book. Save as .mp4, .mov.

Middle School Projects (6th - 8th)

• Build a miniature stage setting of a scene in the book. Include a written explanation of the scene.
• Construct a diorama (three-dimensional scene which includes models of people, buildings, plants, and animals) of one of the main events of the book. Include a written description of the scene.
• Create a mini-comic book relating a chapter of the book.
• Video tape an interview between you and a character of the book. Save as .mp4, .mov.

High School Projects (9th - 12th)

• Rewrite the story for younger children in picture book form. Digital .pdf only.
• Make a DETAILED movie trailer for the movie version of your book. Save as .mp4. .mov
• Author’s Biography (3 pages) MLA format with Works Cited Page. References to avoid plagiarism.
• Create a Marketing Brochure about the content of your book or magazine.

When submitting the project, be sure to include the scholar’s full name, incoming grade, and teacher’s name if known. Projects are due at the end of the 2nd week of school. Please make a note of this deadline. Projects will be graded, as well as determine who get to participate in the Summer Reading Back to School Party!

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Summer Reading Celebration 2015

We make a big deal about summer reading. Check it out!