Summer Reading Assignment for Incoming 6th Graders

posted Jun 13, 2014, 11:42 AM by Sylwia Jasinski   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 11:56 AM ]
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 full week of school (September 8, 2014) 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.

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.


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.

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 2014


Title of Book 


Nothing But the Truth


Something Upstairs


Crispin: The Cross of Lead


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle:

A Spellbinding Tale of Intrigue and Murder on the High Seas

Joan Bauer

Hope Was Here

Andrew Clements

Things Not Seen

Andrew Clements

A Week in the Woods

Andrew Clements

Things Hoped For

Andrew Clements

The Landry News: A Brand New School Story

Andrew Clements

Lost and Found

Esmé Raji Codell

Sahara Special

Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident (or any title in the Artemis Fowl series)

Susan Cooper

The Grey King (or any title in this series)

Sue Corbett

Free Baseball

Barry Denenberg

The Journal of William Thomas Emerson: A Revolutionary War Patriot (or any title in the My America series)

Sharon Draper

Out of My Mind

Sharon Draper

Double Dutch

Jack Gantos

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key (or any title in the Joey Pigza series)

Dan Gutman

The Million Dollar Putt (or any title in the Million Dollar series)

Mary Downing Hahn

Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story

 Preller, James


Fleming, Candace

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart

Gordon Korman


Sheinkin, Steve

Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery

Garcia, Williams Rita

One Crazy Summer

Jacqueline  Woodson


Jacqueline  Woodson


Hilary McKay

Saffy's Angel

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea

Sharon Creech


 Sneed B. Collard

Dog Sense

Linda Sue Park

A Single Shard

Rebecca Snead

When You Reach Me

Robert Lipsyte

The Contender

Robert Lipsyte

Warrior Angel

Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising

Theresa Martin Golding

The Secret Within

Willo Davis Roberts

The Girl with the Silver Eyes

Jerry Spinelli


Jerry Spinelli


 Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson

 Escape From Fear

Cynthia Lord


Gary Blackwood

The Shakespeare Stealer

Wendelin Van Draanen

A book from the Sammy Keyes Mysteries

Carl Hiaasen


Mike Lupica

Travel Team

Mike Lupica


Mike Lupica

The Underdogs

Mike Lupica

Million-Dollar Throw

Mike Lupica

The Big Field

Audrey Couloumbis

 Say Yes

Lois Lowry


Eva Ibbotson

The Star of Kazan

Lillian Eige


Willo Davis Robert

Buddy Is a Stupid Name for a Girl

Walter Dean Myers

Bad Boy: A Memoir

Walter Dean Myers


Walter Dean Myers


Phillip Pulman

The Golden Compass

Kate DiCamillo

The Tiger Rising

Louis Sachar

Sixth Grade Secrets

Ingrid Law


Jack Gantos

Jack's Black Book

Neil Gatman

The Graveyard Book

Corenelia Funke

A book from the Inkheart Series

Jeanne DuPrau

City of Ember Series

Celia Rees


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

Celia Rees

Witch Child

Sylwia Jasinski,
Jun 13, 2014, 11:42 AM