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CMS English Department

Seventh Grade Summer Reading 2018

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Hlepful Hint: Using Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol as an example, an answer to Remembering question #2 below would look like this:

Example: The protagonist of A Christmas Carol is Ebenezer Scrooge who begins the story as an angry, solitary, old miser described by the narrator as a man so cold-hearted that “External heat and cold had little influence on Scrooge. No warmth could warm, nor wintry weather chill him” (3). The main antagonist is not a person as much as it is the mistakes Scrooge has made in his past and present. Scrooge’s past mistakes work against him and inhibit his ability to be happy in the present and future. This is why it becomes so important for him to learn from these mistakes and change before it is too late.

Steps Prompts/Questions


Answer all three

1.  What is the main setting of the novel? List the places mentioned in the book.

2.  Who is the protagonist? Who or what is the main antagonist? (see example above)

3.  What problem does one of the characters have, and how does he or she solve it?


Answer all three

4.  Give an example of indirect characterization: personality traits shown through actions and dialogue. (For example: Jimmy walked down the street frowning. Reader infers Jimmy is upset. )

5.  In your own words tell how the setting of the story affected a character.

6.  Describe the mood of a specific scene from the novel using at least two relevant details.


Choose Two

7.  Did this book give you any new ideas about yourself? Why or why not?

8.  Write a letter to a friend recommending this book.

9.  Identify a situation in which the protagonist showed courage. Describe how you would or might have reacted in the same situation.

10. Tell 5 ways in which you are like the main character.


Choose One

11. Compare and contrast two of the characters in this book.

12. Compare the novel you read this summer to a novel you read last year.

13. The summer book choices are realistic novels. Which event in the novel you read seems most unbelievable?

14. Find an Internet article from a primary source connected to a social issue from the novel (i.e. bullying, abuse, mental illness, etc.). Record your source (title of article, title of publication, the Web site, author, and date of publication). Write a minimum 10-sentence summary of the article. (Wikipedia, Google, etc., are not primary sources.)


Choose One

15. Do you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?

16. Which character would you most like to meet and why?

17. Describe a situation in which a character is treated unfairly and explain how it is unfair to that character.


Choose One

18. Choose a character from your book, then think of ONE gift you would like to give him/her based on that character’s specific needs. Explain why you gave that gift.

19. Choose a character from the novel and write a creative continuation of his/her story.

20. Choose a character from the novel and think of a shape that fits that character’s traits. Draw the shape. Inside the shape, describe the character. Outside the shape, explain why you chose the shape. (Draw this answer on the back of your last page of answers.)