Updated Saturday 08-8-2020 11:53pm
This year we will be reading various books in 6th grade. The theme is: SURVIVAL There are some sub themes (endurance, loneliness, courage, kindness, acceptance etc) that we will be discussing in class but the overall theme is survival.
We will start out with Dear Mr. Henshaw as a journal entry. Then we will go on to read The Cay. This book sets the tone for the next three quarters as will be doing an author study of Gary Paulsen and his books: The Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Hunt and Brian’s Return. The last book of the year that we will be reading is A Long Walk To Water.
In Seventh Grade will be dealing with various themes throughout the year starting with Kindness in the book Paying it Forward and I Am Malala. Then we will be reading The Giver in the second quarter. Fever 1793 will be read in the third quarter and The Master Puppeteer will be the last book.
In Eighth Grade we will also be dealing with various themes starting with endurance in the book Farewell to Manzanaar. Second quarter we will be reading Lord of the Flies. Third quarter we will be reading Outsiders and Knight and in the final quarter we will be reading Ann Frank.
Born at Midnight series by C. C. Hunter is the winner!
This great list is from the Newton Free Library system. It has great detailed book reviews if you click on the title. I found many of our favorite new books there that are middle school approved.
For YA Boys:
There seems to be a real scarcity of great Young Adult books for boys which is a real shame because research shows that reading drops off for boys starting in 7th grade! Try these books if you are noticing your son is reading less.
One strategy to get kids — tweens and teens included — reading more is to match books with things they are interested in. These were the sports chapter books that stood out.
I would hand this chapter book to any kid who worries about making the cut.
Top 100 Best Young Adult Books by Persnickety Snark’s Poll
Some ideas for middle school readers who may be good at reading but just don’t like to read.
If kids need to read about someone like them, try these multicultural books.
I hope that you enjoy these books and choose to read at least four of them throughout the year.