Summer Reading

Middle School
6th Last Battle by C.S. Lewis
7th Missionary biography/autobiography
8th Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis

Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are required to read one novel over the summer and to write an essay about what they read.  Essays must be printed out and turned in immediately upon returning to school in the fall. Questions can be e-mailed to

6th grade expository character sketch:  When you are writing a character sketch, you want to look for qualities of character and/or personality traits that you see in one of the main characters. The main goal of the assignment is to be able to describe the person you are researching. Think of it like an introduction. Be sure to use concrete examples of the traits from the book.

Use strong visual words in your writing.  You want to provide a lasting mental image of the person or character you are writing about.  You will need to use quality adjectives and feeling in your writing, in addition to using words that relate to the five senses and elicit an emotional response from your reader. 

7th grade informative essay:  As you read the biography/autobiography of the missionary that you chose, think about what character qualities you would like to imitate in your own life. Give examples from the book of those qualities and give examples of how you can begin to develop them in your own life.

8th grade reflection essay:  As you read Screwtape Letters think about how this book makes you feel. What questions does it raise for you? Does it change the way you think about God, demons, or humans? What might you do differently in your life as a result of reading this book?

General directions for all the essays: A four or five paragraph essay is the minimum standard at the middle school level.  Paper must contain an introduction paragraph with a thesis statement, two to three body paragraphs and a conclusion with the thesis statement reworded.


High School:
All: The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
9th - The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
10th - Lord of the Flies by William Golding
11th - Animal Farm by George Orwell
12th - Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

All 9th-12th grade students will need to read two books this summer. They must all read The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and write a reflection on it. The other novel required for each grade is listed above.

9th -11th grade students will write an expository essay explaining a theme of the novel and whether or not the theme is in agreement with a Biblical worldview.

The 12th grade students will write a persuasive essay on whether or not Atticus Finch is prejudiced.

Essays must be printed out and turned in immediately upon returning to school in the fall. A four or five paragraph essay is the minimum standard at the high school level. Essays should be written according to MLA format and standards. Students can check Purdue Owl online for MLA standards. Questions can be e-mailed to

Reflection essay: A reflection essay is one in which you reflect on a particular idea expressed in the work and then write about your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs in regard to that particular idea. Therefore, a reflection essay integrates your knowledge, thoughts or beliefs before reading with the text read. Specifically in this reflection, you will be thinking about what C. S. Lewis’ novel suggests theologically about such things as the nature of humans, heaven, hell, and God. (This is a representative list of particular doctrines addressed, not a definitive list.) You will choose one doctrine and write his position and what you have been taught or have believed. Then consider, what does the Bible actually say about this issue? How is your thinking stretched or challenged? Write until your ideas have been fully expressed.


**PLEASE NOTE:  Because teachers are on summer break and may be on family vacations, please allow 1-2 weeks for email responses.**