2016 Summer Reading GuidesRising Seventh GradeThe following study guide and questions offer suggestions which should help you in your understanding of theSummer Reading selections. Plan to take some notes as you read so that, even if you read the books early in thesummer, you will have some material to review before the test or essay on each book. These study questions arenot meant to be comprehensive; they simply provide you with some direction as you read. Using ONLY onlineSpark Notes will NOT serve you well; they are merely a superficial approach to a book.Note: ISBN #’s may varyTips for reading all Summer Reading selections:1.Read the study guide questions before you begin reading the book so you will know what to think aboutand look for while you are reading.2.Have a pen or pencil ready to jot down notes.3.Using a highlighter is good for marking the important passages and ideas in the book.4.Write notes and questions to yourself in the margins of the book.5.Use a dictionary to look up meanings of words you do not know.6.Use an encyclopedia or atlas to help you think about the setting and context of the book.7.Read the front and back covers of the book, and read the preface or introduction.8.Reread a passage or chapter if you need to.9.Discuss the book with others who are also reading it; discuss the study guide questions as well.10. Keep a list of the questions that you have as you read the book; write down the page numbers aboutwhich you have questions. These questions may be asked the first day of the class in the fall.11. Think especially carefully about the ending of the book; it usually has enormous clues about the majorthemes or ideas of the book.12. Enjoy reading the book.North Carolina History — RequiredThe Weirdoby Theodore Taylor“They call Chip Clewt, a bear tracker, The Weirdo. But no one knows much about him- only that he lives in theeerie swamp where Samantha Sanders found a body and where she saw another body get dumped. Finally, shemeets The Weirdo, sees his scarred face, looks into his tortured soul, and becomes his friend. Together, theybegin the nightmare search for the killer who has stalked innocent victims through the murky waters anddangerous marshes of the swamp.”(From back cover)
1. Explain the significance of the title. Do you think this is an appropriate title? Why or why not? If not,what do you think would be a better title?2. See what facts you can find about the author Theodore Taylor. What are his connections to NorthCarolina? What is his most well-known book?3. What do you think is the author’s purpose in writing this book?4. Explain in detail the setting (location, time frame, etc.)5. Identify the major characters (both human and animals). With which character did you most relate?