June 2016

Dear Sixth Graders and Parents,

I am so looking forward to getting to know you all next year! In order to prepare for sixth grade I would like you to choose TWO books from the list of suggestions attached or any book of your choice. Read BOTH books and choose ONE to complete the assignment with.

Once you’ve read the book, each student is required to complete a series of self-selected assignments outlined on the PICK 10 chart attached. Rather than complete the traditional report, students are allowed to choose which assignments they would like to do based on the text. Each assignment has a point value and the students must do enough of them to equal 10 points all together. For example, your child might choose to complete two 5-point exercises, or two 4-point exercises and one 2-point activity to reach 10. Any combination is acceptable, and the choice is up to your child.

This assignment should be brought to school with you on the first day. We will use your knowledge of the SECOND book in an assignment during the first few weeks of school so make sure you pay attention to the details.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer and I am looking forward to an exciting year! Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy reading!

Mrs. Goff
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Suggested Fiction Titles and Series


Spinelli, Jerry
Spinelli, Jerry
Collins, Suzzanne
Riordan, Rick
Rowling, JK
Sachar, Louis
Paterson, Katherine
Paulsen, Gary
Colfer, Eoin
DiCamillo, Kate
Kinney. Jeff
Peirce, Lincoln
Various authors
Haddon, Mark
Levin, Gail Carsoni
Curtis, Christopher Paul
Lewis, CS
Deuker, Car
Spinelli, Jerryl



The Hunger Games*
The Lightning Thief*
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone*
Bridge to Terabithia
The Island
Artemis Fowl
Because of Winn-Dixie
Diary of a Wimpy Kid*
Big Nate
The 39 Clues
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Ella Enchanted
Bud, Not Buddy
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe*
Night Hoops
Maniac Magee

* Indicates the first book in a series that is best read in order

Pick 10

Draw the main character. Write at least two sentences that describe the character’s personality traits.

1 point

Retell the main events in the story by creating a 5-frame comic strip that shows the beginning, middle and end of the story. Include captions

5 points

If you were the main character, how would you have solved the problem in the story? Write an explanation about what you would have done differently.

2 points 

In a five sentence paragraph, compare the main character to either yourself, another person you know, or character in another text.

3 points

Create a different story ending.

3 points 

Write a review for the story you have read. Would you recommend others read it? Why or why not?

4 points 

 Create a Venn Diagram that compares this book to another text you have read. Be sure to have at least 3 items in each of the sections of the diagram.

4 points

 Select a part of the story that you would like to change. In a paragraph explain what you would change and why.

3 points

 If you could trade places with one character, who would you choose? Explain why using details from the story.

2 points

 Imagine you are the author of the story. What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

4 points

Copy a sentence from the story that you feel is very descriptive. Draw a picture that reflects the description.

2 points

Fill a brown lunch bag with 4 artifacts that relate to the book. On the outside of the bag explain the significance of each artifact.

1 point




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