6th grade reading list by RyanSheridan

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									                                  Summer Reading
                                     6th Grade

We want all of our students to develop a passion for reading beyond school walls.
Through good books we are able to explore new worlds, empathize with those like
us, develop an understanding for those unlike us, ponder what we would do in a
situation, be inspired to act, expand our knowledge, and revel in the wonder of
words.

A variety of genres and authors allow us to get the most from our reading
experiences, and the summer is a wonderful time to challenge our minds and free
our spirits.

All students entering the 6th grade need to read The Wednesday Wars by Gary
Schmidt and keep a reading journal. A reading journal is to record your thoughts
and feelings about what you are reading. It is not a retelling of the story. Each
entry should be dated and note the pages read.


Example:
                           The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

June 1, 2009                                             Pages 1 – 25

        I like the way the book began. Tom’s Aunt Polly calling him reminded me of
when my mother used to call me to come in. I also thought it was very smart of him
to have those other kids do his work. Tricking them to think that whitewashing a
fence was fun was genius! I know painting is really hard work, and I wonder if I
would have wanted to do it for him. I think this shows that Tom is a leader. I also
can tell that Tom is the kind of kid who gets into trouble because he doesn’t always
see the problems he can cause. I’m a little like that, too. I think I’ll enjoy reading
about his other adventures.

June 3, 2009                                              Pages 26 – 54
       I feel sorry for Huck. It sounds like the adults don’t want their kids to play
with him, but it’s not his fault that his mom died and his dad doesn’t take good care
of him……..

If you have any questions about how to keep a reading journal, please email Ms.
Diaz at cdiazzubieta@conchitaespinosa.com.
In addition to The Wednesday Wars each student is to read one of the listed books
from each of the noted genres.
Fiction
Cuando tia Lola vino de visita a quedarse by Julia Alvarez
Peter and the Star Catchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Heat by Mike Lupica
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Among the Hidden by Margaret Haddix
Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
Middle School Is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer Holm
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Goldenko
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Be prepared to participate in a literature circle when you return to school.
Nonfiction
Under the Royal Palm by Alma Flor Ada
The Story of Walt Disney – Maker of a Magical World by Bernice Selden
Outbreak! Plagues That Changed History by Bryd Barnard
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine
The Abracadabra Kid: A Writer’s Life by Sid Fleischman
Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman
Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli
Dare to Dream: 25 Extraordinary Lives by Sandra Humphrey
If you are unable to find one of these or have an interest in another subject, please
email Ms. Diaz at cdiazzubieta@conchitaespinosa.com. before you read the book.
You will be discussing your book when you return to school.
                                         Poetry

Choose one of the following poets and read a book of his/her poetry. Choose 3
poems from the book you will share with your classmates in the fall.
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba’s Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
The Dream Keeper and Other Poems by Langston Hughes
Hailstones and Halibut Bones by Mary by Mary O’Neil
Walt Whitman: Poetry for Young People
Edgar Allan Poe: Poetry for Young People
J. Patrick Lewis
Nikki Grimes
Douglas Florian

								
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