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6th Grade English Summer Reading and Annotation Assignment

witch of blackbird pondAt Trinity, we desire that our students are life-long, year-round readers. To encourage this habit, the English department requires summer reading. These selections are intended to give students rich reading that will provoke thought, build vocabulary, and entertain students at each grade level during the months they are not in school.

Sixth grade students will be responsible for reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond before the beginning of school, and they are responsible for completing the accompanying annotation assignments listed below. It is our expectation that summer reading and the annotation assignments are completed by the first day of the school year. A copy of the assignment has also been posted on the Trinity Academy website.

Each student’s FACTS account will be charged for this paperback novel. If the student loses this text and must purchase a second copy, please ensure the ISBN matches this number: The Witch of Blackbird Pond– Speare ISBN 978-0547550299.

As you read The Witch of Blackbird Pond:

  1. Make a two to three sentence summary of each of the twelve chapters. These summaries should include the main characters, the setting, and the main actions. Write these summaries on either the first page or last page of the chapter IN YOUR BOOK.
  1. Note personality traits, goals, and fears for the following characters: Mercy, Judith, Kit, and Hannah Tupper by : 1. Underlining what the character says, actions they do, and descriptions of their appearance, thoughts, moods, etc. 2. On each page that you have words underlined, write a word or phrase in the margin summarizing what the underlined words tell you about your character. These words and phrases are called annotations. You will need these annotations for a writing project once school begins. It will be much easier to notice and underline as you read. It can be frustrating to go back later and try to locate information.