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ELA Grade 5 Required and Recommended Texts

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Module 1

Texts to Buy

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

Text Quantity ISBNs
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World
by DK Publishing
1 per classroom
ISBN: 9780756618032
Esperanza Rising
by Ryan Muñoz
1 per student
ISBN: 9780439120425

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
Least Things: Poems about Small Natures
by Jane Yolen
When My Name Was Keoko
by Linda Sue Park
Literature 610
by Cynthia Kadohata
Literature 750
We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
by Cynthia Levinson
Informational 1 020
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the Selma Voting Rights March
by Linda Blackmon Lowry and Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley
Informational 780
The Lions of Little Rock
by Kristin Levine
Literature 630
Sylvia & Aki
by Winifred Conkling
Literature 760
Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
by Duncan Tonatiuh
Literature 870
Ruth and the Green Book
by Calvin A. Ramsey
Literature 810
Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy)
by Deborah Wiles
Literature 840
Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai
by Claire Nivola
Informational 1 030
Not a Drop to Drink: Water for a Thirsty World
by Michael Burgan
Informational 1 130
No Ordinary Day
by Deborah Ellis
Literature 580
Night On Fire
by Ronald Kidd
Literature 600
Marching for Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don't You Grow Weary
by Elizabeth Partridge
Informational 960
Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed The Future of Girls in America
by Karen Blumenthal
Informational 1 140
by Francesco D’Adamo
Literature 730
I Have a Right to be a Child
by Alain Serres
How I became a Ghost: a Choctaw Trail of Tears story
by Tim Tingle
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
by Kadir Nelson
Informational 1 050
For Every Child
by Unicef
Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home
by Michelle Mulder
Informational 1 050
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys
Informational 680
by Skila Brown
Boys without Names
by Kashmira Sheth
Literature 670
Bat 6
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
Literature 930
Arcady's Goal
by Eugene Yelchin
Literature 630
Across the Tumen: A North Korean Kkotjebi Boy's Quest
by Young-sook Moon
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
by Linda Sue Park
Literature 720
A Hare in the Elephant's Trunk
by Jan L. Coates

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