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ELA 2012 Grade 6 Required and Recommended Texts

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Module 1

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Text Quantity ISBNs
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
one per student
ISBN: 978-0786838653, 0786838655
D'Aurailes Book of Greek Myths
by ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire
Teacher copy only
ISBN: 978- 0440406945, 0440406943

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Theseus and the Minotaur
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Fates
by E.M. Berens

Module 2A

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Text Quantity ISBNs
Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
One per student
ISBN: 978-0440413288, 043940200X

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Steve Jobs, “Stanford University Commencement Address,” speech
by Steve Jobs
2005
President Barack Obama, “Back-to-School Speech,”
by President Barack Obama
2009
If
by Rudyard Kipling
1910
“A Skateboarder Goes Green,”
by Blair Rainsford
2012
“Live by Design, Not Default”
by Skipping Stones
2009
“Earth Day, Your Way: Celebrate Earth Day, April 22,”
by Weekly Reader
2006
“The Life of a Cell Phone”
by United States Environmental Protection Agency
“Health Rocks,” Skipping Stones, Jan./Feb. 2013. 23
by Skipping Stones
2013
“Make Your Move”
by Jennifer Marino-Walters
2010
“Recipe for Health”
by Emily Sohn
2008
"Adults cut back fast food, but U.S. kids still eat too much fat: CDC”
by Susan Heavey
2013
“Bullies Behind Bars”
by Carmen Morais
2012
“Is the Cafeteria Ruining Your Life?”
by Elizabeth Larson and Justin O’Neill
2012
“Cyberbullying Statistics”
by www.bullyingstatistics.org.

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Dirty Thirties: The United States from 1929–1941
by Mary C. Turck
Informational 570
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Literature 600
A Year Down Yonder
by Richard Peck
Literature 610
Potato: A Tale from the Great Depression
by Kate Liedn
Literature 660
Bird in a Box
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Literature 670
The Everlasting Now
by Sara Harrell Banks
Literature 690
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt
by C. Coco De Young
Literature 690
Ida Early Comes over the Mountain
by Robert Burch
Literature 720
The Mighty Miss Malone
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Literature 750
Moon over Manifest
by Clare Vanderpool
Literature 800
Esperanza Rising
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Literature 750
Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Informational 800
Rose’s Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression
by Marissa Moss
Literature 820
The Truth about Sparrows
by Marian Hale
Literature 820
The Miner’s Daughter
by Gretchen Moran Laskas
Literature 850
Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression
by Don Nardo
Informational 900
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Taylor, Mildred D.
Literature 920
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Kimberly Kirberger
Collective Biography 930
The New Deal
by Susan E. Hamen
Informational 1 020
The Great Depression: A Nation in Distress
by Janet Beyer and JoAnne B. Weisman
Informational 1 130
Children of the Great Depression
by Russell Freedman
Informational 1 170
Jazz
by Thom Holmes
Informational
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
by Sean Covey
Informational
Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
Poetry
The New Deal: Hope for the Nation
by Cheryl Edwards
Informational 1 220
The Great Depression and the New Deal
by Robert F. Himmelberg
Informational 1 550

Module 2B

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
by Laura Amy Schlitz
ISBN: 978-0763650940
Technically, It’s Not My Fault
by John Grandits
ISBN: 978-0618503612
Blue Lipstick
by John Grandits
ISBN: 978-0-618-56860-4

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
"Middle Ages”
by Deborah M. Deliyannis
World Book Online InfoFinder,
“Middle Ages”
by Britannica Student Encyclopedia
Britannica Student Encyclopedia,
“Middle Ages”
by Kenneth S. Cooper
New Book of Knowledge, Grolier Online, 2013
“The Middle Ages for Kids: What Is a Fief?”
by Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site
Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site, http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/fiefs.html,
Blast to the Past
by Michael Smith
Dark Death
by Suzanne McCabe

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
"The Middle Ages for Kids: The Manorial System & Common People”
by Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site, http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/commoners.html
Informational
“Serfs in the Middle Ages”
by “Serfs in the Middle Ages”
Informational
“The Middle Ages for Kids: Life of the Nobility: Kings, Lords, Ladies, Knights”
by Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site, http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/nobility.html
Informational
“Daily Life of a Noble Lord in the Middle Ages”
by Mr. Donn’s Social Studies Site, http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/daily-life-noble-lord-middle-ages.htm
Informational
“Lords and Ladies”
by Sharon Fabian
Informational
The Miserable Life of Medieval Peasants
by Jim Whiting
Informational 520
Medieval Knights
by Jim Whiting
Informational 620
A Year in a Castle
by Rachel Coombs
Informational 500
Knights Survival Guide
by Anna Claybourne
Informational 650
Seedfolks
by Paul Fleischman
Literature 710
Kids in the Middle Ages
by Lisa Wroble
Informational 750
The Middle Ages
by Tea Benduhn
Informational 750
Raleigh’s Page
by Alan W. Armstrong
Literature 750
Days of the Knights: A Tale of Castles and Battles
by Christopher Maynard
Informational 760
The Making of a Knight: How Sir James Earned his Armor
by Patrick O’Brien
Literature 760
Crispin: The Cross of Lead
by Avi
Literature 780
A Street Through Time
by DK (publisher) Steve Noon (Illustrator)
Informational 790
You Wouldn’t Want to be Joan of Arc!: A Mission You Might Want to Miss
by Fiona MacDonald
Informational 800
Fallout
by Todd Strasser
Literature 840
Matilda Bone
by Karen Cushman
Literature 850
Same Sun Here
by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Literature 890
Kizzy Ann Stamps
by Jeri Hanel Watts
Literature 920
Timeline of the Middle Ages
by Charlie Samuels
Informational 950
Joan of Arc
by Diane Stanley
Literature 980
Under the Mesquite
by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Literature 990
DK Eyewitness Books: Medieval Life
by Andre Langley
Informational 1 000
Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess, Page
by Richard Platt
Literature 1 010
The Middle Ages: An Illustrated History
by Barbara Hanawalt
Informational 1 080
Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck
by Margarita Engle
Poetry 1 170
Outcast
by Rosemary Sutcliff
Literature
Men of Iron
by Howard Pyle
Literature
Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto
by Paul Janeczko
Poetry
Aleutian Sparrow
by Karen Hesse
Poetry
Becoming Billie Holliday
by Carole Boston Weatherford
Poetry
Home of the Brave
by Katherine Applegate
Poetry
Keesha’s House
by Helen Frost
Poetry
Locomotion
by Jacqueline Woodson
Poetry
Partly Cloudy
by Gary Soto
Poetry
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
by Margarita Engle
Poetry
Poetry Speaks Who I am
by Elise Paschen
Poetry
Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial: A Novel
by Jennifer Bryant
Poetry
Swimming Upstream: Middle School Poems
by Kristine O’Connell George
Poetry
Worlds Afire
by Paul Janeczko
Poetry

Module 3A

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Dragonwings
by Laurence Yep
One per student
ISBN: 978-006440085, 0064400859

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Comprehending the Calamity
by Emma M. Burke
Overlook Magazine, 1906
Poem of the Earthquake
by Eliza A. Pittsinger
Scene 1: The Great Earthquake and Fires of 1906: A Dramatic Remembrance
by Expeditionary Learning for instructional purposes
Waking Up in a Nightmare
by Expeditionary Learning for instructional purposes
One Boy’s Experience
by Lloyd Head
Casualties and Damage after the 1906 Earthquake
by USGS
Sandy wreaks havoc across Northeast; at least 11 dead
by Matt Smith
2012
The Great 1906 San Francisco Earthquake
by USGS
Timeline of the San Francisco Earthquake, April 18–23, 1906
by Gladys Hansen
The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
by Eyewitness to History
The Lost Garden
by Laurence Yep

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Chang’s Paper Pony
by Eleanor Coerr
Literature 440
Walk Across the Sea
by Susan Fletcher
Literature 600
Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain
by Li Keng Wong
Biography 630
The Dragon’s Child: A Story of Angel Island
by Laurence Yep
Literature 640
Nineteenth Century Migration to America
by John Bills
Informational 770
Landed
by Milly Lee
Literature 790
Hannah Is My Name
by Belle Yang
Literature 800
Tales from Gold Mountain
by Paul Yee
Literature 850
Kai’s Journey to Gold Mountain: An Angel Island Story
by Katrina Saltonstall Currier
Literature 970
Gold! Gold from the American River
by Don Brown
Informational 1 010
Laurence Yep
by Katherine Lawrence
Biography 1 090
Chinese Americans
by Jack Adler
Collective Biography 1 140
Chinese Americans
by Michael Martin
Informational 1 150
Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America
by David Wong
Informational
Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present
by Judy Yung
Informational
Shanghai Messenger
by Andrea Cheng
Literature

Module 3B

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Flush
by Carl Hiaasen
One per student
ISBN: 978-0375861253, 0375861254
World Without Fish
by Mark Kurlansky
ISBN: 978-0761185000, 761185003

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
Protecting Ocean Habitat from Bottom Trawling
by NRDC.ORG
Destructive Fishing
by Marine-conservation.org
Case Study: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
by Save Our Seas
Sustainable Fishing Methods
by Sunset.com
Threat 1: Overfishing
by Save Our Seas
A Rapidly Disappearing Fish
by PBS.org
Choosing Sustainable
by Fishwatch.gov
5 Creative Tips From Carl Hiaasen, Florida's Cleverest Chronicler
by Jessica Grose
Sustainable Fishing
by National Geographic
Florida: 'A Paradise of Scandals'
by Steve Kroft

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Oceans
by Kate Riggs (author); Zack McLaughlin (illustrator)
Literature 500
What Eats What in an Ocean Food Chain
by Suzanne Slade
Informational 650
What Can We Do about Oil Spills and Ocean Pollution?
by David J. Jakubiak
Informational 730
Hoot
by Carl Hiaasen
Literature 760
Fishing
by Gary Newman
Informational 770
Make a Splash! A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Phillipe Cousteau (authors)
Informational 780
What if There Were No Sea Otters? A Book about the Ocean Ecosystem
by Suzanne Slade (author); Carol Schwartz (illustrator)
Informational 820
Salmon Creek
by Annette LeBox (author); Karen Reczuch (illustrator)
Literature 850
Smog, Oil Spills, Sewage, and More: The Yucky Pollution Book
by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn (authors)
Informational 875
Green Boy
by Susan Cooper
Literature 875
Environmental Awareness: Water Pollution
by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Informational 890
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf
by Olivia Bouler
Informational 890
Makers and Takers: Studying Food Webs in the Ocean
by Gwendolyn Hooks
Informational 910
Pollution
by Helen Orme
Informational 920
Endangered Planet
by David Burnie
Informational 1 070
Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Phillipe Cousteau (authors)
Informational 1 170
Overfishing (Habitat Havoc)
by Therese Shea
Informational
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Motion
by Loree Griffin Burns
Informational 1 200
The River Cottage Fish Book: The Definitive Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Fish and Shellfish
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nick Fisher (authors)
Informational

Module 4

Texts to Buy

Texts that need to be procured. Please download the Trade Book List for procurement guidance.


Text Quantity ISBNs
Frightful's Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
One per student
ISBN: 978-0141312354, 0141312351

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Text Quantity Publisher
“The Exterminator,” in Current Science
by Kirsten Weir
2004
“Rachel Carson: Sounding the Alarm on Pollution,” In Boys’ Life
by Robert W. Peterson
1994
“Rachel Carson: Environmentalist and Writer,” in Scholastic Junior Magazine
by Kathy Wilmore
2013
"Malaria Carrying Mosquito Crash Lands Due to His Insecticide,” at ScienceHeroes.com
by Adam Allie
“How DDT Harmed Hawks and Eagles,” Helium.com
by Gil Valo
2007
“A New Home for DDT,” The New York Times
by Donald Roberts
2007
“Welcome Back,” in Skipping Stones, March–April 2010, 26.
by Skipping Stones
“Biological Energy—Here, Let Me Fix It!”
by Utah Education Network
John Stossel video on DD
by John Stossel
Earth Tones
by Science.gc.ca

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic. You can also download a PDF of this list.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Amazing Champion of the Earth Rachel Carson
by Mary Dodson Wade
Informational 440
Good Food, Good for Earth
by Darlene R. Stille
Informational 680
Rachel Carson: Extraordinary Environmentalist
by Jill C. Wheeler
Informational 690
What Can We Do about Toxins in the Environment?
by David J. Jakubiaki
Informational 730
Peregrine Falcons
by Doug Wechsler
Informational 770
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
by Laurie Lawlor
Informational 890
Earth-Friendly Food
by Gillian Gosman
Informational 900
The Frog Scientist
by Pamela S. Turner
Informational 950
Rachel Carson: Fighting Pesticides and Other Chemical Pollutants
by Patricia Lantier
Informational 960
The Devil’s Breath
by David Gilman
Informational 970
Thoreau at Walden
by John Porcellino
Literature 990
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming
by Al Gore
Informational 1 070
The Highest Tide
by Jim Lynch
Literature 1 100
Pesticides and Your Body
by Jennifer Landau
Informational 1 120
Pesticides
by Katherine Macfarlane
Informational 1 150
Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson
by Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers, and Andrew Morriss
Informational
The War on Bugs
by Will Allen
Informational
“At War with the Mosquito,” in Faces (Vol. 13, Issue 2)
by Bruce T. Paddock
Informational
“Follow That Bird!” in Science World (Vol. 69, Issue 2)
by Cody Crane
Informational
“Bacteria, Insects Join Forces against Pesticide,” in Science News for Kids
by Devin Powell
Informational
“Alien invasion!”in Current Science (Vol. 84, Issue 9)
by A.T. McPhee
Informational
John Stossel - DDT video
by John Stossel
Informational
http://planetark.org/enviro-news/
by http://planetark.org/enviro-news/
Informational
http://www.rachelcarson.org/
by http://www.rachelcarson.org/
Informational
http://www.panna.org/issues/persistent-poisons/environmental-impacts
by http://www.panna.org/issues/persistent-poisons/environmental-impacts
Informational
http://www.onlineethics.org/cms/9166.aspx
by http://www.onlineethics.org/cms/9166.aspx
Informational
http://www.hww.ca/en/issues-and-topics/pesticides-and-wild-birds.html
by http://www.hww.ca/en/issues-and-topics/pesticides-and-wild-birds.html
Informational
https://water.usgs.gov/edu/pesticidesgw.html
by https://water.usgs.gov/edu/pesticidesgw.html
Informational
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/riskassess.htm
by http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/riskassess.htm
Informational
"You Think YOU Have It Tough?”in Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, Issue 39
by Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids
Informational
Flush
by Carl Hiaasen
Literature 830

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