6th grade common reading book assignments 3 by 1G6xMwj5


									                                   Bancroft School
                               Summer Reading List 2009
                                  Incoming Grade 6

REQUIRED READING for all sixth graders: The Giver by Lois Lowry

REQUIRED READING for the entire middle school: Three Cups of Tea by Greg
Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

Part 1:

As you read The Giver, look for ways in which the main character, Jonas, shows
his individuality and, on the other hand, conforms to the rules and wishes of the
community. In other words, what does Jonas do to show that he is unique and
different from others? Conversely, what does Jonas do to show that he can go
along with the community’s rules and fit in appropriately?

For your written assignment, divide a piece of paper into two columns. On the
left side, list 3-5 examples of ways in which Jonas expresses his individuality. On
the right side, list 3 -5 examples of ways in which he is being part of the group.
Write the page number next to each of your examples. Next, continue these
columns, applying these same questions to yourself. That is, list 3 - 5 ways in
which you express your individuality and 3 - 5 ways in which you conform to
your community’s (your family’s, friends’, school’s, etc.) rules and expectations.

I’ve started a sample assignment below. Please follow this format.

The Giver by Lois Lowry                                    Bob Bancroft
Summer Reading Assignment                                     August 23, 2008

Examples of Individuality                        Examples of Conformity:
1. Jonas saw the apple change in mid-air,    1. Jonas participates in the daily although it
looked normal to Asher. Page 24.            sharing of feelings with his family. Page 9+.

Part 2:

For the middle school common read, please see the attached assignment sheet.

Part 3:

Please read at least two other books from any genres or categories listed below.
The listed books are only suggestions. You may choose titles that are not listed.
For another good source of titles, visit www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklists. I hope
you find many books you love this summer!
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Forward Pass, Thomas Dygard                        Rookie of the Year, Highpockets, John R. Tunis
Winning, Robin Brancato                            Tangerine, Edward Bloor
Danger Zone, David Klass                           Woodsong, Gary Paulsen
Crash, Jerry Spinelli                              Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery John Feinstein
Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues, Patricia C. and Frederick McKassick
Girls Got Game: Sports Stories and Poems, Sue Macy, editor
High Heat, Carl Dueker
The Big Field by Mike Lupica (2009)
Summer Ball by Mike Lupica (2007)
Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica (2006)
Travel Team by Mike Lupica (2004)
Under the Baseball Moon by John H. Ritter (2006)

The House of Dies Drear, The Mystery of Drear House, Virginia Hamilton
The Dark Secret of Weatherend, The Treasure of Alphaeus Winderborn, Bellairs
The Dark and Deadly Pool, Nixon
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin              Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
Devil’s Race, Avi                   The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
The Boxes, William Sleator
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008)
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator (2007)
Half-Moon Investigations by (2006)
The London Eye by Siobhan (2007)
Masterpiece by Elise Broach and Kelly Murphy (2008)
The Postcard by Tony Abbott (2008)

Animal Stories
Sounder, William Armstrong                The Incredible Journey, Sheila Bunford

Boy, Going Solo, Roald Dahl                The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, Walter Dean Myers
Guts, Gary Paulsen                         Leon’s Story, Leon Walter Tillage
Through My Eyes, Ruby Bridges
Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power, Milton Meltzer
Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life, Russell Freedman
The World at Her Fingertips: The Story of Helen Keller, Joan Dash

Kim, Rudyard Kipling                              The Shinning Company, Rosemary Sutcliffe
Treasure Island, Stevenson                        Lostman’s River, Cynthia De Felice
Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George        Tomorrow, When the War Began, John Marsden
Touching the Spirit Bear, Ben Mikaelsen          The Wreckers, Ian Lawrence
Airman by Eoin Colfer (2008)
Alex Rider Adventure Series by Anthony Horowitz
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson (2008)

Science Fiction/ Fantasy
A Wrinkle in Time, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L’Engle
Strange Attractors, House of Stairs, William Sleator
Over Sea, Under Stone, or Seaward, Susan Cooper
King of Shadows, Susan Cooper                      A Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Patterson
The Enchanted Castle, Edith Nesbit                 A Dusk of Deamons, John Christopher
Dragon’s Milk, Susan Fletcher                      Circle of Magic, Sandry’s Book, Tamora Pierce
Deep Wizardry, Diane Duane                         Everything on a Waffle, Polly Horvath
The Vile Village, Lemony Snicket                   Cirque Du Freak, Darren Shan
Odysseus in the Serpent Maze, Jane Yollen and Robert Harris

Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer        Inkheart, Inkspell, or Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke
Skellig, David Almond                          The Fire Within, Chris d’Lacey
Artemis Fowl Series
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (2008)
The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott (2009)
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (2003)
Ever by Gail Carson Levine (2008)
Fablehaven (Series) by Brandon Mull
Heroes of the Valley by Jonathan Stroud (2009)
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart (2007)
Percy Jackson (Series) by Rick Riordon
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2009)
Physik by Angie Sage (2007)
Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer (2007)
The Time Thief by Linda Buckley-Archer (2008)
H.I.V.E.: Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education by Mark Walden (2007)

Ranger's Apprentice: The Sorcerer of the North (Hardcover)
by John Flanagan (2009)
Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (1995)
Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst (Bancroft School Alum) (2007)
Savvy by Ingrid Law (2008)

Historical Fiction
The Devil’s Arithmetic, Jane Yolen                 Burning Issy, Melvin Burgess
Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt                    Catherine Called Birdy, Karen Cushman
Sing Down the Moon, Scott O’Dell                  Cat Running, Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Lyddie, Katherine Patterson                       True North, Kathryn Lasky
The Door in the Wall, Marguerite DeAngeli         The Birchbark House, Louise Erdich
Under the Blood-Red Sun, Graham Salisbury         Bat 6, Euwer Wolff
A Step from Heaven, An Na                         Slap Your Sides, M.E. Kerr
Carver: A Life in Poems, Marilyn Nelson           Maggie’s Door, Patricia Reilly Giff
The Demon in the Teahouse, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
Beware, Princess Elizabeth, Carolyn Meyer
The Silent, Boy Lois Lowry
Bread and Roses, Katherine Patterson (2008 reissue)
Chains, Laurie Halse Anderson (2008)
Counting on Grace, Elizabeth Winthrop (2006)
Fever 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson (2000)
The Sacrifice, Kathleen Benner Duble (2007)

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Realistic Fiction
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, Kimberley Willis Holt
Monkey Island, The Village by the Sea, Paula Fox
A Summer to Die, Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich, Alice Childress
Nobody’s Family is Going to Change, Louise Fitzhugh
A Family Apart, Jean Lowery Nixon
The Buffalo Tree, Adam Rapp                        El Bronx Remembered, Nicholasa Mohr
Letters From the Inside, John Marsden              Maniac Magee, Jerry Spinelli
The Red Pony, John Steinbeck                       Gypsy, Davey, Chris Lynch
Phoenix Rising, Karen Hesse                        Granny the Pag, Nina Boder
Whirligig, Paul Fleischman                         No Turning Back, Beverly Naidoo
Nothing but the Truth, Avi                         Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block
Colibri, Ann Cameron                               The Misfits, James Howe
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2008)
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson (2008)
Flush or Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate (2007)
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen (2007)
The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman (2006)
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (2008)
Shooting the Moon by Frances O'Roark Dowell (2008)
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt (2008)
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (2008)

Follow-up Assignment:
1. For each book, write a brief review on a 4’ by 6’ index card. Set it up as

            Author’s last name, Author’s first name                  Genre (type)
            Title of book (underlined)                               Your Name
            Number of pages

            Brief Plot Summary: (three sentences)
      On the back of the card, draw and color a picture that shows an event
from the book. Try not to leave any blank white space on the back of the card,
and make sure the picture is oriented horizontally.

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