Summer reading

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Between books to enjoy over the summer to some of the classics, we’ve put together a few different lists for students to stay engaged during the off months and after school. Some of these may be required as assignments with the goal to provide a basis of knowledge for discussion as we compare author’s styles, techniques, and connect to the plot of books read in class.

Our curriculumSummer Lit Challenge

Assignments for the start of school

Summer Reading for Incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

6th Grade

Summer Reading Assignment

For the summer students will read two novels that will be used throughout the 6th grade year in the English and Literature subject areas with an assignment to complete before the first day of school.

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7th Grade

Summer Reading Assignment

For this assignment students will read two separate readings that will correspond to the curriculum taught in the English and Literature for 7th Grade and are asked to write two typed responses to bring to class.

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8th Grade

Summer Reading Assignment

This summer, we are assigning all incoming 8th graders to read one book and after finishing the novel, complete a two-page typed essay responding to a prompt described further in the link below.

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Join Us the Month of June

Summer Program

Registration will be coming in March

OBJECTIVE:  Provide a safe, meaningful experience for a variety of ages.  Incorporate structured activities, with play, crafts, games, reading, writing, math, science, and history.

Offered Monday through Thursday, for four weeks in June for incoming 2022 – 2023 Pre-K through 4th grade students.

Weekly Themes 

June 6 – 9   Artsy Antics – explore creativity, artistic expression, and appreciation of the arts

June 13 – 16  Under the Sea – dive into the wonders of the ocean with STEAM activities.

June 20 – 23  Stamp Your Passport – travel the world and learn key features of the continents.

June 27 – 30  Blast from the Past – Ancient Civilizations

Schedule & Pricing

Mon – Thurs

8:30 – 4:30 all day $300

8:30 – 12:00 half day $170

1:00 – 4:30 half day   $170

Middle School Summer Reading and Zoom Discussion Groups

Offered for the incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade J. E. Cosgriff students. Minimum of 3 students needed for each group to be held.

One Hour Monday – Thursday, June 6th – June 30th

Weekly Fee $75

6th Grade Group: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

7th Grade Group: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

8th Grade Group 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Summer Program Registration

Cosgriff Classics

Classical Reading Lists

Even though summer vacation means it is time to relax, we’d love to hear that students continued to read every day. Whether it’s a novel, magazine, interesting news topics, short stories, non-fiction or poetry we believe reading helps to become the best writer a student can be. Here’s a couple lists put together divided up by reading ability levels.

If you’re looking for additional reading, check out New York City Library’s 100 Great Children’s Books below. If you need more information or have any questions please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to assist or point you in the right direction.

Third – fifth GradeSixth – Eighth GradeNew York City Library List