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ELA Grade 6 Required and Recommended Texts

Module 1

Texts to Buy

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

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Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

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

Module 2A

Texts to Buy

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


Cover 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.

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

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

Module 2B

Texts to Buy

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


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

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Cover Text Quantity Publisher
Dark Death
by Suzanne McCabe
Blast to the Past
by Michael Smith
“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,
"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

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

Module 3A

Texts to Buy

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


Cover 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.

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

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

Module 3B

Texts to Buy

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


Cover Text Quantity ISBNs
World Without Fish
by Mark Kurlansky
ISBN: 978-0-7611-5607-9
Flush
by Carl Hiaasen
One Per Student
ISBN: 978-0375861253, 0375861254

Texts included in the module

Texts that are included in the lesson materials.

Cover Text Quantity Publisher
Florida: 'A Paradise of Scandals'
by Steve Kroft
Sustainable Fishing
by National Geographic
5 Creative Tips From Carl Hiaasen, Florida's Cleverest Chronicler
by Jessica Grose
Choosing Sustainable
by Fishwatch.gov
A Rapidly Disappearing Fish
by PBS.org
Threat 1: Overfishing
by Save Our Seas
Sustainable Fishing Methods
by Sunset.com
Case Study: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
by Save Our Seas
Destructive Fishing
by Marine-conservation.org
Protecting Ocean Habitat from Bottom Trawling
by NRDC.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 River Cottage Fish Book: The Definitive Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Fish and Shellfish
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Nick Fisher (authors)
Informational
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Motion
by Loree Griffin Burns
Informational 1 200
Overfishing (Habitat Havoc)
by Therese Shea
Informational
Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Phillipe Cousteau (authors)
Informational 1 170
Endangered Planet
by David Burnie
Informational 1 070
Pollution
by Helen Orme
Informational 920
Makers and Takers: Studying Food Webs in the Ocean
by Gwendolyn Hooks
Informational 910
Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf
by Olivia Bouler
Informational 890
Environmental Awareness: Water Pollution
by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Informational 890
Green Boy
by Susan Cooper
Literature 875
Smog, Oil Spills, Sewage, and More: The Yucky Pollution Book
by Alvin and Virginia Silverstein, and Laura Silverstein Nunn (authors)
Informational 875
Salmon Creek
by Annette LeBox (author); Karen Reczuch (illustrator)
Literature 850
What if There Were No Sea Otters? A Book about the Ocean Ecosystem
by Suzanne Slade (author); Carol Schwartz (illustrator)
Informational 820
Make a Splash! A Kid’s Guide to Protecting Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands
by Cathryn Berger Kaye and Phillipe Cousteau (authors)
Informational 780
Fishing
by Gary Newman
Informational 770
Hoot
by Carl Hiaasen
Literature 760
What Can We Do about Oil Spills and Ocean Pollution?
by David J. Jakubiak
Informational 730
What Eats What in an Ocean Food Chain
by Suzanne Slade
Informational 650
Oceans
by Kate Riggs (author); Zack McLaughlin (illustrator)
Literature 500

Module 4

Texts to Buy

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


Cover 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.

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

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
Flush
by Carl Hiaasen
Literature 830
“DDT—Dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane” video
by http://www.science.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=en&n=730d78b4-1
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
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/riskassess.htm
by http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/riskassess.htm
Informational
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/pesticidesgw.html
by http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/pesticidesgw.html
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
http://www.onlineethics.org/cms/9166.aspx
by http://www.onlineethics.org/cms/9166.aspx
Informational
http://www.panna.org/issues/persistent-poisons/environmental-impacts
by http://www.panna.org/issues/persistent-poisons/environmental-impacts
Informational
http://www.rachelcarson.org/
by http://www.rachelcarson.org/
Informational
http://planetark.org/enviro-news/
by http://planetark.org/enviro-news/
Informational
John Stossel - DDT video
by John Stossel
Informational
“Alien invasion!”in Current Science (Vol. 84, Issue 9)
by A.T. McPhee
Informational
“Bacteria, Insects Join Forces against Pesticide,”in Science News for Kids
by Devin Powell
Informational
“Follow That Bird!” in Science World (Vol. 69, Issue 2)
by Cody Crane
Informational
“At War with the Mosquito,” in Faces (Vol. 13, Issue 2)
by Bruce T. Paddock
Informational
The War on Bugs
by Will Allen
Informational
Silent Spring at 50: The False Crises of Rachel Carson
by Roger Meiners, Pierre Desrochers, and Andrew Morriss
Informational
Pesticides
by Katherine Macfarlane
Informational 1 150
Pesticides and Your Body
by Jennifer Landau
Informational 1 120
The Highest Tide
by Jim Lynch
Literature 1 100
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming
by Al Gore
Informational 1 070
Thoreau at Walden
by John Porcellino
Literature 990
The Devil’s Breath
by David Gilman
Informational 970
Rachel Carson: Fighting Pesticides and Other Chemical Pollutants
by Patricia Lantier
Informational 960
The Frog Scientist
by Pamela S. Turner
Informational 950
Earth-Friendly Food
by Gillian Gosman
Informational 900
Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World
by Laurie Lawlor
Informational 890
Peregrine Falcons
by Doug Wechsler
Informational 770
What Can We Do about Toxins in the Environment?
by David J. Jakubiaki
Informational 730
Rachel Carson: Extraordinary Environmentalist
by Jill C. Wheeler
Informational 690
Good Food, Good for Earth
by Darlene R. Stille
Informational 680
Amazing Champion of the Earth Rachel Carson
by Mary Dodson Wade
Informational 440

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