Students Entering

Grades 5 & 6

"What an astonishing thing a book is... one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic." ~ Carl Sagan

Summer Reading Student Goals:

  1. I can develop a reading life by choosing books that cultivate my interests and curiosities.
  2. I can prepare to share my interests and insights from favorite texts.
  3. I can prepare for discussions by organizing my thoughts, expanding my understandings and reflecting on my reading.
  4. I can participate in discussion more effectively by using examples and evidence from the text to develop questions and extend ideas during the discussion.
  5. I can ask questions to connect group members' ideas and answer questions with relevant information.

This summer, students entering 5th and 6th grades should:

1. Dedicate Time to Reading

Students should read material that they enjoy, can read with fluency and comprehension, and that challenges their thinking. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Education, students should read for a minimum of thirty minutes daily. Avid readers and readers looking to stretch their thinking should not limit themselves to thirty minutes per day.

2. Self-Select Reading Material

Students will not be assigned specific reading materials; instead, they will find and choose various books, magazines, blogs, and articles, etc. on their own.

Note: Parents or guardians should be involved in the process of choosing texts if they have any concerns about appropriateness and suitability of their child's choice of reading material.

3. Be Ready for September!

While we recommend that students read several texts over the summer, they will be required to speak knowledgeably to their classmates about one text that was meaningful to them. While reading, students may choose to use post-it notes, journals, jotting, illustrating, or rehearsing to help them make meaning from the texts; students should decide which strategy works best for them as readers.

Upon returning to school, students should be prepared to:

      • Name the title and author of the text.
      • Identify the text as fiction, nonfiction, or a hybrid.
      • Briefly describe the text by summarizing or highlighting an impactful or intriguing section.
      • Explain why this text was meaningful or important.
      • Answer classmates’ questions about the text.


Student Checklist

Please use this checklist to help you prepare to discuss your text(s) upon your return.

Before returning to school, I will:

____ read the text closely, mark the text, and

take notes.

Upon returning to school, during the discussion, I will:

____ contribute several relevant comments.

____ cite specific evidence from the text to

support an idea.

____ question or ask another participant to

clarify his/her comment.

____ build on another participant’s idea by

restating, paraphrasing, or synthesizing.

____ encourage other participants to enter

the conversation.

____ treat all other participants with dignity

and respect.