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Grade 8 Summer Reading & Math Assignments
June 6, 2016

Grade 8: Required Reading and Math Assignments


Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men takes place during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The setting is a small ranch in the Salinas Valley of Northern California.
Reflection:
How does the setting of this book influence the book's thematic development? In answering, consider the connection between the novel's setting and the characters' vocations.

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

“I could introduce myself properly, but it’s not really necessary. You will know me well enough and soon enough depending on a diverse range of variables. It suffices to say that at some point I will be standing over you, as genially as possible. You're away.”

Reflection:
Death is the narrator in the novel The Book Thief. Do you think Death was an effective or ineffective narrator? Explain.

Barron’s SSAT/ISEE (3rd Edition)
Mathematics Review: p.17-131
Verbal Skills Review: p.133-169
Reading Comprehension P.171-210


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