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ELA 2019 Grade 6 Required and Recommended Texts

Note: MetaMetrics® made changes to the Lexile® levels in June 2017 in order to provide more accurate measures for early readers. These changes affected 32% of all previously assigned Lexile® levels, including some texts for elementary and middle grade readers. The Lexile® levels listed on EL Education materials were added before this shift and do not reflect updated Lexile® levels.

Module 1

Texts and Resources to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (DVD)
by Chris Columbus (director)
one per classroom
ISBN: 024543668824
The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan
one per student
ISBN: 9780786838653

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Mythologica: An Encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters and Mortals from Ancient Greece
by Stephen P. Kershaw
Literary
Have a Hot Time, Hades!
by Kate McMullan
Literary
Who Let the Gods Out?
by Maz Evans
Literary
D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths
by Ingri D'Aulaire and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
Literary 1 070
Heroes, Gods, and Monsters of the Greek Myths
by Bernard Evslin
Literary 800
Greek Gods and Heroes
by Robert Graves
Literary 990
The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey
by Rosemary Sutcliff
Literary 1 220
Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths
by Marilyn Singer
Poetry 670
Beast Keeper #1 (Beasts of Olympus)
by Lucy Coats
Literary 840
Treasury of Greek Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, & Monsters
by Donna Jo Napoli
Literary 860
The McElderry Book of Greek Myths
by Eric A. Kimmel
Literary
Odysseus: Escaping Poseidon’s Curse
by Dan Jolley
Literary 640
Hercules: The Twelve Labors
by Paul D. Storrie
Literary 540
The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold
by Cynthia Rylant
Literary 890
Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
by Edith Hamilton
Literary 1 040
Apollo: The Brilliant One
by George O'Connor
Literary
Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess
by George O'Connor
Literary
Artemis: Wild Goddess of the Hunt
by George O'Connor
Literary
Zeus, King of the Gods
by George O'Connor
Literary 640
Poseidon: Earth Shaker
by George O'Connor
Literary 800
Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes
by Rick Riordan
Literary 710
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods
by Rick Riordan
Literary 790
The Heroes and Mortals of Greek Mythology
by Don Nardo
Literary 990
The Monsters and Creatures of Greek Mythology
by Don Nardo
Literary 970

Module 2

Texts and Resources to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers Edition)
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
one per student
ISBN: 9780147510426

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors
by Otha Richard Sullivan
Informational
Inventors, Makers, Barrier Breakers
by Pendred Noyce
Informational 1 030
Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World
by Allan Drummond
Informational 770
Brainstorm!: The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors
by Tom Tucker
Informational
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
by Karen Blumenthal
Informational 1 110
The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsorth
by Kathleen Krull
Informational
The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
Literary 550
Mistakes That Worked: The World’s Familiar Inventions and How They Came to Be
by Charlotte Foltz Jones
Informational 1 040
Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor
by Temple Grandin
Informational 1 060
The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle, and Other Surprising Stories about Inventions
by Don L. Wulffson
Informational 1 070
Super Soaker Inventor Lonnie Johnson
by Heather E. Schwartz
Informational 780
The Unstoppable Garrett Morgan: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Hero
by Joan DiCicco
Literary
The Story of Car Engineer Soichiro Honda
by Mark Weston
Informational
Engineered!: Engineering Design at Work
by Shannon Hunt
Informational 1 110
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World
by Sy Montgomery
Informational 960
Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
by Catherine Thimmesh
Informational
The Way Things Work Now
by David Macaulay
Informational
Black Pioneers of Science and Invention
by Louis Haber
Informational 1 230
The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane
by Russell Freedman
Informational 1 160
The Electric War: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Light the World
by Mike Winchell
Informational
Wind Power: 20 Projects to Make with Paper
by Clive Dobson
Informational
Inventions: A Visual Encyclopedia
by DK Publishing
Informational
The Wind at Work: An Activity Guide to Windmills (Second Edition)
by Gretchen Woelfle
Informational 1 030
Hedy Lamarr and a Secret Communication System
by Trina Robbins
Informational
Wind Energy
by Melissa Higgins
Informational

Module 3

Texts and Resources to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Two Roads
by Joseph Bruchac
one per student
ISBN: 9780735228870

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
Do All Indians Live in Tipis?: Questions and Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian (Second Edition)
by National Museum of the American Indian
Informational
I Am Not a Number
by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer
Literary 640
If I Ever Get Out of Here
by Eric L. Gansworth
Literary 870
Sweetgrass Basket
by Marlene Carvell
Poetry 1 000
Jim Thorpe: Original All-American
by Joseph Bruchac
Informational 950
Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask
by Anton Treuer
Informational
The People Shall Continue
by Simon J. Ortiz
Informational 660
Indian No More
by Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorrell
Literary
Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood
by EdNah New Rider Weber
Literary 760
Bowman’s Store: A Journey to Myself
by Joseph Bruchac
Literary
My Name Is Seepeetza
by Shirley Sterling
Literary 720
Shin-chi’s Canoe
by Nicola I. Campbell
Literary 810
Shi-shi-etko
by Nicola I. Campbell
Literary 860
Toronto at Dreamer’s Rock: Education Is Our Right; Two One-Act Plays
by Drew Hayden Taylor
Literary
Black Elk Speaks (Theatrical Adaptation)
by John G. Neihardt Black Elk
Literary
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese
Informational
A Stranger at Home: A True Story
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Informational
When I Was Eight
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Informational
Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City
by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editors)
Informational
Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Editors)
Informational 1 040
Fatty Legs
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Informational
My Name Is Not Easy
by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Literary
Native Elders: Sharing Their Wisdom (Native Trailblazers)
by Kim Sigafus
Informational 1 050

Module 4

Texts and Resources to Buy

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


Text or Resource Quantity ISBNs
Hidden Figures (Picture Book)
by Margot Lee Shetterly
six per classroom
ISBN: 9780062742469
Hidden Figures (Young Readers’ Edition)
by Margot Lee Shetterly
one per student
ISBN: 9780062662378

Recommended texts for independent reading

Optional texts for students to read on their own to learn more about the topic.

Text Genre Lexile Measure
The Race to Space
by Clive Gifford
Informational
Eyes on the Stars (animated StoryCorps reminiscence of astronaut Ronald McNair by his brother Carl)
by StoryCorps: The Rauch Brothers Directors
N/A
Destination Moon: The Remarkable and Improbable Voyage of Apollo 11
by Richard Maurer
Informational
Endurance: My Year in Space and How I Got There (Young Readers Edition)
by Scott Kelly
Informational 1 070
To the Moon!: The True Story of the American Heroes on the Apollo 8 Spaceship
by Jeffrey Kluger
Informational 1 180
Disaster Strikes!: The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time
by Jeffrey Kluger
Informational 1 190
Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon
by Suzanne Slade
Poetry 940
Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry
by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Informational
Astronaut Ellen Ochoa
by Heather E. Schwartz
Informational 840
Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon
by Catherine Thimmesh
Informational
Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist
by Sylvia Acevedo
Informational 960
One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Literary 750
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race (Young Readers’ Edition)
by Douglas Brinkley
Informational
Chasing Space (Young Readers’ Edition)
by Leland Melvin
Informational
Hidden No More: African American Women in STEM Careers
by Caroline Kennon
Informational
Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow
by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Informational 1 190
Super Space Encyclopedia
by DK Publishing
Informational
Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures
by Karen Bush Gibson
Informational 1 080
Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut
by Edgar D. Mitchell
Informational 1 120
Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream
by Tanya Lee Stone
Informational 980
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson
by Katherine G. Johnson
Informational 1 040
T-Minus: The Race to the Moon
by Jim Ottaviani
Informational
Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World #1
by Don Brown
Informational 940
Mae Carol Jemison: Astronaut and Educator (Women in Science)
by Iemima Ploscariu
Informational

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