6th Grade ELA

The first book we will be reading this year is a novel called Hatchet, about a boy who has to survive on his own in the great north woods of Canada, hundreds of miles from any civilization.  All he has are the clothes on his back and the hatchet his mother gave him before he boarded the plane that he would eventually have to crash land in a lake.  It is a wonderfully inspirational story about persevering in times of hardship.  It encourages readers to rely on the skills and knowledge they have accumulated over their lifetime to help them through challenges.  

Another book we will be reading this year is part of the NYS ELA Modules and the students are going to love it!  And parents will too.  It is very suspenseful!

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Also, if you like this book, it is the first book in a six book series.  The first two have been made into blockbuster movies but as usual, the books are way better than the movies. 

We will also be reading the Newbery Medal Winning book Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Check it out!

Later this year we will also be reading one of my all time favorite books the Newbery Medal Winning novel Maniac Magee. It is laugh out loud funny, heartwarming, and thought-provoking.  The kids are going to LOVE it!!!

Two other novels we will be reading are the book Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen about a boy who ends up stranded in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but the hatchet on his belt and his own wits.  He has to figure out how to survive on his own.  This is another all-time favorite of mine and past students.  

Lastly we will be reading the wonderful World War II period novel, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  This is also a Newbery Medal winning book that the students will enjoy about a girl who goes into hiding from the Nazi's in her native Denmark.  It is full of surprises and suspense and is based on a true story.  

NEW THIS YEAR!!! We will be reading an amazing book called A Night Divided written by award winning author Jennifer A. Nielsen.  It is an amazing work of historical fiction about life behind the Berlin Wall in East Germany.  It is one of the most thrilling and suspenseful books I have ever read and just HAD TO use it in my class. I am sure students will love it as much as I did! 

For our informational text and poetry we will be reading from the wonderful common core aligned ELA Magazine Scholastic Scope.  This is full of highly engaging and interesting texts.  

Here is a link to the EngageNY.org website that has the 6th grade curriculum map for the modules which we will be using often throughout the year.