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ECMCS Upper Elementary Summer Reading

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All rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders must complete two Summer Reading assignments.


Assignment #1: Social Justice Novel Study

Choose 1 book from the table below and complete the written assignment that supports your book choice.  Book choices and writing assignments differ based upon grade level. Students will begin the school year in a social justice Socratic seminar based upon their book choice. Students will use their writing assignment to guide the peer-to-peer novel discussion. Parents may want to guide the book selection process as content varies widely. All books were reviewed and approved by teachers and parent volunteers at ECMCS. Here are some helpful websites to go to and look up further information on each book.

Assignment #2: Genre Challenge

Students read as much as possible from a variety of genres and record their reading on the Genre Challenge Form. This is similar to a summer reading log and meant to encourage students to read with variety and enthusiasm.



SOCIAL JUSTICE NOVEL LIST

**If the lexile is out of range, we recommend using a book on tape or reading the book aloud as a family.


Rising 4th years

(choose 1)

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper


The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich


350 pages


300 pages


244 pages

700 Lexile


740 Lexile


970 Lexile

Rising 5th year

(choose 1)

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

176 Pages

350 pages


218 pages

630 Lexile

700 Lexile


750 Lexile

Rising 6th year

(choose 1)

The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan


Return To Sender by Julia Alvarez (**parent permission suggested due to some content**)

176 pages

218 pages

592 pages



318 pages

630 Lexile

750 Lexile


680 Lexile



890 Lexile





 

Social Justice Novel Study Writing Assignment


Format: You may either type your assignment or write it in cursive or print, very neatly in pencil. If typing, please use 12 point font, double spaced, and Times Roman or Arial font.


Due Date: August 22, 2018 (3rd day of school). Both assignments will be given language grades during the first marking period.


Rising 4th Years:

Write a letter to the author of the novel describing your opinion of the challenge or problem in the book and how it was handled by the character(s). Your letter should include 3 paragraphs (introduction, body, conclusion). Your letter should use evidence from the novel to support your opinions (please cite at least one piece of evidence from the novel). Some sample letter topics are:


  • Do you agree with the character(s) actions to resolve the problem? Why or why not?
  • Would you make the same choice the character(s) made if presented with the same problem?
    Why or why not?
  • Do you have other solutions for how this problem could be resolved?
  • Did you feel the character(s) were treated fairly? Why or why not?
  • Are there questions you would want to ask the author about this challenge or problem if you could?

 

Rising 5th & 6th Years:

Write a letter to the author of the novel describing your opinion of the overall theme or conflict in the book and how it was handled by the character(s). Your letter should include 5 paragraphs (introduction, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion) and use evidence from the novel to support your opinions (please cite at least 2-3 pieces of evidence from the novel).


In addition to describing your opinion of the challenge in the book, please be sure to address the question listed below in your letter. These questions will be used to facilitate a peer-to-peer group discussion at the start of the school year:


One Crazy Summer

Describe what you learned about the Black Panther movement. Give your opinion on the actions of the movement in the novel using evidence.

Operation Redwood

Do you think Operation Redwood is an example of civil disobedience? Defend or critique the group’s actions and use examples from the novel to support your opinion.

The Breadwinner

Parvana’s mother and sister have been inside for over a year. How did being confined indoors change them both physically and mentally? Use examples from the novel.

Return to Sender

Is it ever okay to break the law? Use examples from the novel to support your opinion.

Echo

The three main characters all face difficult challenges. Which challenge would be the most difficult to face in your opinion? Use the novel to support your answer.










 

                                      








Part II: Upper Elementary Summer Reading Assignment

Genre Challenge Form

Name: __________________________


Your challenge is to read as many books in as many different categories as possible and record it on this log.  If you discover a genre that isn't listed, add it on the back!


MYSTERY

1.___________________________

2.___________________________


POETRY

1.___________________________

2.___________________________


MAGAZINES/NEWSPAPER

1.  __________________________

2.  _________________________

3. _________________________


FANTASY

1.  __________________________

2.  __________________________

3.  __________________________

4.  __________________________


SCIENCE FICTION

1.  __________________________

2.  __________________________

3.  _________________________


INFORMATIONAL/NONFICTION

1. __________________________

3.  _________________________

HISTORICAL FICTION

1.  __________________________

2.  __________________________

3.  __________________________

4.  __________________________


BIOGRAPHY, AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MEMOIR

1.  __________________________

2.  __________________________

3.  __________________________


GRAPHIC NOVEL

1.  __________________________

2.  __________________________

3.  __________________________


REALISTIC FICTION

1. __________________________

2.  _________________________

3.  _________________________

4.  _________________________


CLASSICAL FICTION

1. __________________________

2.  _________________________


FREE CHOICE

1.  __________________________

2. __________________________

3.  __________________________

4.  __________________________

5. __________________________

6.  __________________________

7.  __________________________


 

Below are some optional titles for the genre challenge:


Rising 4th Graders:

Title of Book Author

The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau

Out of My Mind Sharon M. Draper

The Candymakers Wendy Mass

KaKapo Rescue Sy Montgomery

The Thing About Georgie Lisa Graff

Dream of Night Heather Henson

Eleven Patricia Reilly Giff

Pie Sarah Weeks

Project Mulberry Linda Sue Park

Wildfire Run Dee Garretson

The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman Meg Wolitzer

Dancing Home Alma Flor Ada

One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate

Vanished Sheela Chari

The Name of This Book is Secret Pseudonymous Bosch

A book from In the Forest series Art Collins


Rising 5th Graders:

Title of Book Author

Turtle in Paradise Jennifer L. Holm

Mango-Shaped Space Wendy Mass

Weedflower Cynthia Kadohata

Anything But Typical Nora Raleigh Baskin

The Game of Silence Louise Erdrich

The Potato Chip Puzzles Winston Breen

Umbrella Summer Lisa Graff

Star in the Forest Laura Resau

Sources of Light Margaret McMullan

Slob Ellen Potter

Ravenmaster’s Secret Elvira Woodruff

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Four Perfect Pebbles Lila Perl and Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Ninth Ward Jewell Parker Rhodes

Gingersnap Patricia Reilly Giff

Orphan of Ellis Island Elvira Woodruff

90 Miles to Havana Enrique Flores Galbis

Green Glass Sea Ellen Klages

The Whole Story of the Half Girl Veera Hiranandani

The Other Half of My Heart Sundee Tucker Frazier

Matilda Bone Karen Cushman

Duke Kirby Larson


Rising 6th Graders:

Title of Book Author

Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen

The Same Stuff as Stars Katherine Patterson

Honey Sarah Weeks

Beneath My Mother’s Feet Amjed Qamar

All the Broken Pieces Ann E. Burg

Every Soul A Star Wendy Mass

Freedom’s Children Ellen Levine

42 Miles Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

The Year of Goodbyes Debbie Levy

A Friendship for Today Patricia C. McKissack

Countdown Deborah Wiles

Starry River of the Sky Grace Lin

A Tangle of Knots Lisa Graff

Streams to River, River to the Sea Scott O’Dell

Project Sweet Life Brent Hartinger

Titanic: Unsinkable Gordan Korman

Moon Over Manifest Clare Vanderpool

The Pharaoh’s Secret Marissa Moss

The Lions of Little Rock Kristen Levine

Woodsrunner Gary Paulsen

Shooting Kabul N.H. Senzai

Saving Sky Diane Stanley

Katherine Called Birdy Karen Cushman

Farewell to Manzanar Jeanne and James D. Houston

A book from In the Forest series Art Collins

Caminar Skila Brown

Counting by 7’s Holly Goldberg Sloan

Courage Has No Color: Tanya Lee Stone

The True Story of the Triple Nickles


Sophia’s War Avi


Catch a Falling Star Kim Culberston


 

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