5-6_Summer_Reading_List 2018.pdf

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th Grade into 6th Grade Summer Reading List 2018

At John Witherspoon Middle School, our readers benefit from the variety of fiction and nonfiction titles we offer during Reading Workshop in our English classes.  As we believe in and stress the importance of reading beyond the school year, we will be offering a few suggested titles that are developmentally appropriate for all of our students who share varied ability levels, learning styles and interests. Stephen Krashen, a linguist and leading researcher in reading, suggests that an often-overlooked method to improve reading is providing readers with a supply of interesting and accessible books by visiting local libraries and bookstores.  Research demonstrates that self-selected voluntary reading leads to the greatest gains in reading achievement. (Krashen, S. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2nd edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.)

As a result, we are offering ten fiction and ten nonfiction suggested titles at each grade level in our middle school as a reflective example of what students will find in each classroom library.  Students should bring a copy of their chosen text and expect to answer a variety of reader-response questions regarding their summer choices upon their return from vacation during the first full week of school.  Students can choose a book (not on this list) of comparable merit with parent permission.  One book is required to fulfill the assignment; we encourage students to read as many titles as they would like!  

Fiction Selections

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Delilah Dirk & The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Game Changers by Mike Lupica
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Nonfiction Selections

Scientists in the Field* by Pamela S. Turner
The Great White Shark Scientist*  by Sy Montgomery
Lincoln’s Grave Robbers* by Steve Sheinkin
Claudette Colvin:  Towards Justice* by Phillip M. Hoose
Saved By the Boats* by Julie Gassman
Women Who Changed the World* by Laurie Calkhovem
The Tarantula Scientist* by Sy Montgomery
Knots in My Yo-Yo String* by Jerry Spinelli
Hazardous Tales:  Alamo All-Stars* by Nathan Hale
Alexander the Great: Master of the Ancient World* by Doug Wilheim

*A variety of genres and non-fiction material constitute the scope of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards, which aims to equip readers with the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of literacy.

(Students:  Return this completed paper to your English teacher during the first week of school.)


Dear Parents or Guardians:


Please indicate below your approval of your child’s reading: 


Title:______________________________ Author:_________________


Parent/Guardian Signature:__________________________Date___________


Name_________________________ Period__________


Questions students can expect to see from their teachers

upon their return from summer vacation


  1. Was there one character similar to you in any book? Would the story be different if you were the main character?

  2. Discuss one memorable moment of the story? Why is it memorable?

  3. What was one major theme you recognized in any book?


  1. What is something new that you learned? Please explain why it is significant to you.

  2. Did any new information surprise you?  Please explain that surprise and how it added to your knowledge of the subject.

  3. Did anything change, challenge or confirm what you already knew? Please explain.