Curriculum, Etc.

Reading

The reading curriculum includes two settings for students.  There is a whole group environment where students will read novels on grade level.  This piece includes: short mini lessons on language arts skills aligned with PA Common Core, reading literature on grade level, class discussions on content, as well as writing into a reading response journal and responding to questions based on Common Core standards. 

Secondly,  there is guided reading where students will be in smaller groups.  They will read & respond to several different types of literature geared more specifically to their individual reading level. Here we will review and practice language arts skills more intensely using strategies like close readings and Socratic circles.  In this environment we will also be working on how to attack more complex texts and respond to text dependent analysis questions. 


6th Grade Whole Group Novels

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Freak The Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
LocoMotion by Jaqueline Woodson
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Cut by Patricia McCormick
Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes

Whole Group Reading will also include literary genres of poetry and drama.

Novels may be added and/or dropped based on factors like time, interest level, ability, etc. 


Some parents have asked for recommendations.  The best recommendation I can make is to take your child to a bookstore, allow them time to choose several books that look interesting to them, and have them pick one or two.  I believe strongly that interest level is the most important factor in determining a child's effort in reading.

That said, I have found that some of the most well-liked authors and series for this age group include: Gordon Korman, Jerry Spinelli, Andrew Clements, Gary Paulson, Louis Sachar, R.L Stines "Fear Street" series, Maze Runner series.

Also, I would suggest Adam Gidwitz's funny and very loosely based novels on the Brothers Grimm tales.

If your child likes mysteries, try anything by Blue Balliett.