Notable Literature for 5th-6th Graders
We live in the golden age of children’s literature, but more than ever, kids find it increasingly hard to connect with great books. By introducing students to a selection of both modern and classic literature, we will create a ‘book-club’ culture in the classroom. Students will be encouraged to freely share their thoughts and ideas, as well as express their opinions on what the various authors are trying to communicate to them.
We will read 4-5 critically acclaimed books over this course. During the first semester, we will focus on identifying literary elements, such as point of view, characterization, theme, and tone. As the year progresses, more advanced tools—symbolism, foreshadowing, metaphors, and similes—will be introduced. Guided weekly discussions will exercise students critical thinking and comprehension skills, and by the end of the year, I hope to have cultivated in them a greater delight of reading.
There are three parts to this class:
- Reading– Students will read in class and at home. At home reading assignments will be no more than 45 mins. – 1 hour per week.
- Weekly Discussion – Each week new vocabulary will be defined, new literary elements will be introduced, and a short discussion on the previous weeks reading will take place.
- Activities/Projects – Activities & projects will be related to such areas as geography, art, charitable giving, social and cultural awareness. There may be some light homework in addition to the reading assigments.
1. A Long Walk to Water by: Linda Sue Park
2. The Sign of the Beaver by: Elizabeth George Speare
3. The Phantom Tollbooth: Norton Juster
4. Brown Girl Dreaming by: Jacqueline Woodson
**5. The Little Prince by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ** if time allows