Summer 2013 Reading Assignment for New 6th Grade Students

Summer Reading Assignment for Incoming 6th Graders

 

All incoming 6th grade students are required complete the following assignment and reading log over the summer. The assignment and reading log will be collected during the first week of school (September 9, 2013) and will be counted in the first marking period average.   Students should be reading daily for at least 30-35 minutes. This will help them build their independent reading stamina.

 

Below is a list of books that are recommended for incoming 6th graders. Students may read any of these books to complete the assignment and the reading log. Students may not read a book that they have already read.

 

Students should choose books on their reading level or challenge themselves with books slightly above their current reading level.  The Fountas and Pinnell reading levels are listed for each book on the list below.  Student may ONLY choose from the books on the list below for this assignment.

 

Summer Reading Assignment: 

Each assignment should be a minimum of 1 page TYPED in 12 inch font. Students must complete TWO of the following tasks for the assignment.


Tasks:

1. After reading two books, compare and contrast the main character(s) of each book. How are they alike? How are they different? How have they changed from the beginning of the book until the end? If you were them, would you have acted the same way? Pick this task if you want to read TWO books on the list.

2. Keep a diary/journal in the voice of a character from your book. You can follow the events of the novel and give your chosen character's impressions and reflections on those events. Be sure to go beyond the obvious. Sure, she might have been sad when her father died, but how would she write about that in a journal? What thoughts are racing through her mind? Who does she turn to for support? Is there any anger or frustration in her voice? Perhaps a sense of relief? Pick this task if you feel like the book's characters really came alive for you.

3. Write an interview transcript with a character, with you as interviewer or with someone else as interviewer. (Examples: you interview Charlie in Flowers for Algernon; Gloria Steinem interviews Hester Prynne from The Scarlet Letter).



4. Write a scene that could have happened in the book you read but didn’t. After you have written the scene, explain how it could have changed the outcome of the book.


5. Create an alternate ending for the book. This should be at least 5 paragraphs. Think about what you didn't like about the end. What would you change? Why?


6. Create a script for one of your favorite scenes from your book. Include a minimum of 80 lines of dialogue. Characterization and stage directions must be used.


7. Find at least two news articles from the past year that cover the same topic/s as the book that you have read. Include a brief summary of each article. Those brief summaries must be compiled into at least a one page paper which discusses your summary and analysis of the topic and how it connects to the novel that you have chosen to read.

 

Recommended Book List for Incoming 6th Graders

 

Author

Title of Book

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level

Avi

Nothing But the Truth

U

Joan Bauer

Hope Was Here

W

Andrew Clements

Things Not Seen

V

Andrew Clements

A Week in the Woods

T

Andrew Clements

Things Hoped For

V

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl

Y

Robert Lipsyte

 

The Contender

Z

Robert Lipsyte

Warrior Angel

Z

Karen Cushman

 

Catherine, Called Birdy

X

Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising

X

Theresa Martin Golding

 

The Secret Within

V

Willo Davis Roberts

 

The Girl with the Silver Eyes

U

Jerry Spinelli

Loser

U

 Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson

 Escape From Fear

T

Jerry Spinelli

Crash

V

Cynthia Lord

 

Rules

R

Gary Blackwood

 

The Shakespeare Stealer

T

Wendelin Van Draanen

 

A book from the Sammy Keyes Mysteries

T

Avi

Something Upstairs

T

Carl Hiaasen

 

 Hoot

W

Avi

Crispin: The Cross of Lead 

W

 

Avi

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle:

A Spellbinding Tale of Intrigue and Murder on the High Seas

V

 

 

 

Mike Lupica

Travel Team

 

X

Mike Lupica

 

Heat

V

Mike Lupica

 

The Underdogs

V

Mike Lupica

 

Million-Dollar Throw

Y

Mike Lupica

 

The Big Field

U

Audrey Couloumbis

 

 Say Yes

V

Lois Lowry

 

Gossamer

T

Eva Ibbotson

The Star of Kazan

W

Lillian Eige

 

Dangling

T

Willo Davis Roberts

Buddy Is a Stupid Name for a Girl

S

Walter Dean Myers

Bad Boy: A Memoir

X

Walter Dean Myers

Slam!

W

Walter Dean Myers

Hoops

X

 

Jacqueline Woodson

Feathers

X

Roald Dahl

The Witches

R

Katherine Patterson

Bridge to Terabithia

T

Pam Munoz Ryan

Esperanza Rising

V

Phillip Pulman

The Golden Compass

Z

Kate DiCamillo

The Tiger Rising

T

Paul Fleishman

Seedfolks

S

Louis Sachar

 

Sixth Grade Secrets

S

Ingrid Law

 

Savvy

Z

Rick Riordan

 

The Red Pyramid

Y

Jack Gantos

 

Jack's Black Book

R

Sharon Draper

Double Dutch

T

 

Susan Cooper

 

The Dark is Rising

X

Scott O'Dell

 

Island of the Blue Dolphins

V

Rebecca Stead

 

 When You Reach Me

R

Neil Gatman

The Graveyard Book

U

Corenelia Funke

A book from the Inkheart Series

T

Jeanne DuPrau

City of Ember Series

U

Celia Rees

Pirates!:

The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates

T

Celia Rees

Witch Child

S