Friday, May 11, 2018



Can Teaching Students Close, Critical, or Analytical Reading Strategies help Students Pass Difficult Reading Test? What are the Real Effects and Results of Close Reading on Reading Comprehension Tests?  

Analysis of reading passages starts with strategies. 

1. What does the title tell you? Is this a persuasive text, expository text, narrative text, or technical text?

2. Skim the text and label/annotate the headings, titles, subheadings, pictures, diagrams, captions, and any text features. 

3. Read the text closely and annotate each paragraph seeking the main ideas, themes, mood, tone, points of view...Annotate in the margins and take notes. Read the first and last sentence of each paragraph and find the main ideas. 

4. Read the question carefully and circle 1 or 2 keywords/clues in the questions and one keyword/clue in each of the multiple choice questions or distractor choices. 

5. Skim the text and find the exact text or passage that supports your first answer choice or conclusion. 

6. Investigate and eliminate the 2 or 3 distractors or DECEIVERS with the same close reading strategies. Distractors are designed to fool the passive reader. 

7. Annotate and X-OUT the distractors, why are they wrong and what is your proof/evidence?

8. Find and prove your answer using text evidence and circle the correct answer and highlight it!

[PDF]Close Reading Guide 
All ELA standards that are measured on the GED® RLA test focus on three key shifts or ... The strategies and skills embedded in the standards are essential for the GED ... order to understand the importance of close reading and what it looks like. ..... PDF) provides examples of how a student may annotate informational texts ...

[PDF]A Close Look at Close Reading (PDF)
Close reading is thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in ...Close read-worthy texts include enough complex ideas worthy of exploring and discussing to sustain one or .... Think-Pair-Share to check u.

[PDF]Close Reading - NH Adult Education
three pieces of text from the HiSet Language Arts Reading Practice Test are located on ... Context Clues: Giving students strategies to use to find the hints that.

[PDF]Close Reading, Vocabulary, and Text Dependent Questions
Three Key Strategies to. Implement ... What does Close Reading Look Like in ... •Text to Itself. •Text to Text- Needed for NYS. Exam. •Text to World- Real Goal ...

[PDF]A Closer Look at Close Reading - GCPS
the words we encounter when reading. For exam- ple, a small amount of re- search might be ... Close reading is not a new strategy for Gwinnett County students.

[PDF]Literary Passages: Close Reading -
text marking is to help students internalize an effective close-reading strategy, not .... Check that students understand how to mark the text using the various icons.

[PDF]Teaching Through Close Reading: Historical and ... - America in Class
meet state testing issues? ➢ I would like to learn more about techniques for active reading. ➢ What arestrategies to effectively break up long readings to ...

[PDF]How Close Reading Influences Reading Comprehension by Laura ...
that students used close reading strategies to make meaning out of the text and used ...... Previously, students took the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards test, or the AIMS ...... More than one methodological procedure can be applied to.

PDF]Close Reading - NH Adult Education
Close Reading in the classroom: videos at different grade levels a. 4th grade: ... Context Clues: Giving students strategies to use to find the hints that authors use to ... Literacy activities and reading comprehension resources designed for ...

[PDF]How Close is Close Reading? - Texas Association for Literacy Education
Close Reading is a strategy that can be used to understand challenging text (Boyles, ... to incorporate close Reading strategies and activities into the daily lessons. .....

[PDF]close reading strategies - Bureau of Education & Research
Close reading strategies that address text complexity and how it changes the ... h Sample lesson plans for close reading fiction, informational text and poetry to ...

[PDF]A Close Look at Close Reading (PDF)
Diving right into the text with limited pre-reading activities ... Close read-worthy texts include enough complex ideas worthy of exploring and discussing to.

lessons. Without exception, teachers noted that ample time provided for students to talk with ... literacy strategies that complement the close reading method.

Select text worthy of close reading, and study the text to plan the lesson. 2. Make close ... Circling specific items is also an effective close reading strategy.

[PDF]Four Lessons for Introducing the Fundamental Steps of Close Reading
Reading strategies involved in the fourth reading include making text connections, ... Here are four lessons that gradually introduce students to close reading.

[PDF]Close Reading in the Common Core Classroom - Framingham State ...
Participants will compare close reading strategies by viewing various sample lessons ... Participants will develop two close reading lesson plans that align with the ....

Sunday, May 6, 2018

How to Raise PARCC MATH Test Scores

Raise PARCC Math Score | How to Pass PARCC MATH Test Scores

Learn how to raise your students PARCC Math test scores and pass the PARCC math test using RIT leveled Math vocabulary and Math practice!  

Getting higher scores on the PARCC Math Test in as few as 20 days! Students that study, model, and learn the Tier 3 academic math vocabulary concepts will score 50  to 200 points higher than students that are not exposed daily to the Math vocabulary concepts. That can be the difference between getting a score of 2 or approaches the standard, to a score of three exceeding the standard.

The Tennessee Academic Vocabulary Project GREAT MATH Vocabulary for Test Prep
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CCSS Math Games Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 | Free Printable CCSS Math Games | Dice and Card Games to Practice Math Facts | Teaching Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division Math Facts to Kids With Games, Cards, and Dice!

Use the Free Printable CCSS Math Games Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
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  9. Math Games For Skills and Concepts
  10. Four Strikes and You’re Out
  11. Acing Math (One Deck At A Time!): A Collection of Math Games
  12. “Fraction Feud” Card Games
  14. Fraction Flip Fraction Multiplication of Division
  15. Fifth Grade Math Card Games
  16. Equivalent Fractions and Comparing Fractions: Are You My Equal?
  17. Stuffed with Pizza
  18. Rock Paper Scissors Math
  19. Fraction War Flash Cards
  20. KWL Chart: Pre Game Play
  21. Word Worth How much are your spelling words worth? 

Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 Daily Math Review and MAP Test
Prep Worksheets! Math skills are learned best when practiced in a spiraling distribution over time. Daily math review that is embedded with performance task that range from simple to advanced exposes students to ideas that need to reinforced and exposure to a variety of math tasks that must be mastered in the future. Use the daily math reviews to help advanced students or struggling students accelerate learning. 1000's of Math Grade Level Math Problems! 

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Grade 2 Daily Math Review and Grade 2 Test Prep Review
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Grade 5 Daily Math Review and Grade 5 Test Prep Review
Grade 6 Daily Math Review and Grade 6 Test Prep Review
Grade 7 Daily Math Review and Grade 7 Test Prep Review
Grade 8 Daily Math Review and Grade 8 Test Prep Review 

A spiraling math curriculum is a highly effective brain based learning model. The math concepts and comutational skills are practiced daily and weekly throughout the school year. Each math lesson increases in complexity and difficulty, each exposure reinforces the previous learning. 

Below is a sample of my spiraling weekly 4-6th grade math boxes for computational skills review. Teaching a concept for two weeks and moving on makes no senses. Daily and weekly review of foundation math skills will help develop students numeracy.  

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Emotional Resilience and Mental Toughness

10 Ways to Boost Your Students' Emotional Resilience: Help Students Overcome Stress, Strife, and Setbacks.

Why everyone needs a Swim Buddy. Every Navy Seal starts with a Swim Buddy on day one of their BUD/S training. "No one can ever achieve greatness alone." is a simple fact every Navy Seal knows. We all need non-judgemental, helpful, and genuine support when we are faced with struggles and challenges! You need someone by your side pushing you to go farther, raising you up, helping you to get the tough jobs done, especially when you want to tap out, a Swim Buddy demands you up your game. Quitting or not trying is never an option when you have a real Swim Buddy by your side. Every teacher and ALL students need a Swim Buddy on their first day of class and every day after that. Struggling students need multiple swim buddies that will dig deep to lift them up and restore hope.

1) A Positive Attitude, Gratefulness, and Optimism

Positive Thinking: Optimism, Gratitude, Happiness, and Resilience are nice platitudes if they are not turned into a daily habit and your mission to happiness. The real question is how do you grow a positive attitude when the world feels like it is raining down on you?

  • Write down positive thoughts and affirmations daily. The brain loves to focus on the negative. writing and reading about Optimism, Gratitude, Happiness, and Resilience will help students shut out some of that negativity and replace it with optimism. 
  • Stay positive in your speech, thoughts, and your outlook. No excuses, no whining, and no complaining.  
  • You can't think your way to Emotional Resilience and Mental Toughness, you'll have to do your way there with daily task and deeds. Connect your heart and mind through daily positive actions is the first step. A daily meme or positive quote won't get you there either. 
  • Have multiple plans of action, A, B, and C, multiple paths with incremental tasks spelled out, expect adversity, demand change from yourself, acknowledge your growth, forgive yourself when you fail, and stay clear of negative people. And when or if you fail, fail forward. 
“See if you can catch yourself complaining, in either speech or thought, about a situation you find yourself in, what other people do or say, your surroundings, your life situation, even the weather. To complain is always nonacceptance of what is. It invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. When you complain, you make yourself into a victim. When you speak out, you are in your power. So change the situation by taking action or by speaking out if necessary or possible; leave the situation or accept it. All else is madness.”― Eckhart Tolle
#2) Find your Mission, Find your Purpose, and Find your Passion
How do you become an expert at something you love or find a future calling you may eventually love to do. Being skeptical is easy when it feels like you are failing at everything you try. The hard truth is the pursuit of purpose and passion takes daily practice, heart, resolve, risk, and willingness to try, try, try, and try again. You may never know what you love or have a passion for until you practice and gain some success in the endeavor.
  • STOP and turn off the electronic distractions. Technology and screen time is sapping our passion, creativity, focus, and purpose in life.
  • Schedule curiosity time and set aside time for passion projects.
  • Try everything at least once that you have a deep passion for and take time to master those things you may find difficult but have a new found curiosity about. Everyone wants to have passion and purpose in life, but many people are not willing to put the time in and practice it takes to make it happen.
  • Get out of your head and the endless negative thoughts it wants to generate and take positive fruitful action daily. You can't wish your way into finding passion and purpose; you have schedule passion time, you have to envision it and do your way into purpose-filled life.
  • Let Your Heart Rule Over Your Head. Your mind wants you to believe the endless stream of doubt, fear, and negative thoughts are logical and protective, they are sapping your passion and success.
  • Curiosity + Heart + Vision + Passion + Daily Passion Projects/Missions = Passion-Filled Life.
  • A life without passion and purpose turns into a life of lies and regret. 

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman
3) Set SMART Micro Goals Daily

4) Do the Hard Missions First “Conquer Your Fears and Doubts with Micro Goals”

5) Find your Mentors be a Mentor "Swim Buddy”

6) Seek Out Motivational and Inspirational Role Models in Books, Podcasts, YouTube, and in Life!

7) Daily Physical Training and Mental Training

8) Live a Life of Integrity and Honor “State your Principles"

9) Developing Emotion Resilience is NEVERENDING, Always Train and Always Set New Micro Goals

10) Practice Mindfulness

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sample Summer Reading Letters to Parents

Summer Reading Letters to Parents 

Summer Reading Letter to Parents Idea #1

Dear Parents and Families,

We are extremely proud to welcome you and your child into the ... grade! This summer, we believe it is very important for your child to continue learning to ensure they are in a great position for the school year ahead. Therefore, we would appreciate your support in planning daily summer reading time and help in the completion of a "Reading Journal". For ... students, the summer break is a fantastic time to grow their love of reading outside the classroom and long into the future!

During the summer, we ask for students to read at least two of the Newbery award-winning collection listed to create the habit of daily reading. Upon their return in the fall, there will be a short reading comprehension test or a book presentation/report due and this will be part of their first reading grade. Over this past school year, many students have developed academic interests and we want to use this as a building block for their future success in this school. If we work together, they can experience the same joy and wonderment we did as children with our favorite books.

Questions and Prompt Ideas for Summer Reading Journals

  Do you have a favorite or least favorite character? Why?
  Can you summarize the plot, setting, climax, plot twist, storyline?
  Would you have acted or thought differently to the main characters?
  Do the main characters remind you of anyone you know? Why?
  Does the setting remind you of anywhere you know? Why?
  Can you compare two characters and their similarities/differences?
  What do you like and dislike about the story? Why?
  Have you seen or read similar films or stories?
  Would you tell a friend about this book? Why?
  Look up and define three – five words from the book you don’t know.
  What would you ask the author of the book if they visited your school?
  Did you have pictures in your mind while reading? Why?
  Could the characters be real? Why?
  How did the author hook you when reading? Why?
  Write a letter and give advice to a character in the book.
  What have you learned by reading this book?
  If you could, which character would you spend the day with?
  Would you change anything about the story? Why?
  Write a diary entry as one of the characters.
  What did you feel when reading this book? Why?
  Draw a scene from the book using the text.
  Draw a timeline of the key events.

Additionally, we highly recommend using close reading strategies so students can truly engage in the text but this is not required. As some examples, they could keep a reading journal, annotate the text with sticky notes, or even better you could even read with your child and ask questions.

At all times, we want to boost students’ passion for reading which is why we like them to choose their own titles based on interest and ability. If they happen to struggle with a particular book, there is nothing wrong with selecting another. If any other issues occur, please feel free to get in touch!

Math supplement!
In the … grade mathematics program, …. will be playing an important role. According to research, children tend to create a better understanding of math topics when using strategies rather than learning equations alone. Furthermore, new concepts become easier to learn when students are fluent in math facts, so we wish to work with you and your child once again to generate this development in students. Whenever possible, please provide your child with time to practice the math concepts that have been learned over the past school year. If this knowledge stays alive over summer, it is more likely to remain in the long-term and they won’t be left behind in the new school year.

Per week, … students are expected to spend around … minutes on math concepts whether this comes through flashcards, games, interactive websites, or worksheets. If all of the above is done successfully, your child will find the transition to …. much easier next year!

Summer Reading Letter to Parents Idea #2

Dear Families,

Over summer, we have a perfect opportunity to enjoy books with our children and as a family. With the … school reading program, we want to create a love for books but this is just as important at home as at school. For students to improve their reading skills, they need to match their comprehension level and read whenever possible and the … summer reading list provides various genres within each level to help with this.

In the summer reading list, you will also find numerous themes and topics so parents play a pivotal role in choosing a suitable book for their child. If you need help understanding the content in any novel, feel free to visit Common Sense Media which is a great resource for this information. If you see a book with an asterisk, this means they are targeted towards more mature readers.

With two sections in the reading list, the first is ‘Sponsored Novels’ which is a list of novels that have been sponsored by the teachers and students of Oak Middle School as part of a school-wide initiative. From this section, students are required to read one book and then complete either the fiction or non-fiction graphic organizer; these documents can be found on the school website with the reading list.

Early in the school year, the students form into groups according to the book they chose and meet with the teacher who sponsored it to take part in related activities. Known as the ‘All-School Summer Reading Workshop’, every student in the school takes part which is why it is important they read one from this list.

After the book from the Sponsored Novel section has been completed, please visit the PowerSchool parent portal and your child can be registered for the workshop. In order to do this, you will need to visit the PowerSchool page for your child and visit the ‘Summer Reading’ section. From the same list or from the Supplemental List, students are then asked to read two more books which will be discussed in class with their ELA teachers.

Additionally, we highly recommend using strategies so they can truly engage in the text but this is not required. As some examples, they could keep a journal, annotate with sticky notes, or you could even read with your child.

At all times, we want to boost students’ passion for reading which is why we like them to choose their own titles based on interest and ability. If they happen to struggle with a particular book, there is nothing wrong with selecting another. If any other issues occur, please feel free to get in touch!

Summer Reading Letter to Parents Idea #3 

Dear Parent,

As we head towards the end of another school year, we can look back successfully to the progress of all students and look forward to a break to re-energize and come back refreshed. However, the summer can actually be crucial to the development of your child which is why we are sending this letter today.

Over the years, many studies and pieces of research have found that the break without any work at all can be extremely damaging. Therefore, … Schools have now teamed up with …see list below
Essentially, this has been designed to ensure students aren't left behind during the summer and all it requires is some simple reading before coming back in ….

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids That Give Free Books, Book Coupons, Movie Tickets, Pizza, Money, and a Love of Reading.

Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) is a consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children, teens, and adults at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries.

Local Public Libraries
Local public libraries are the best place to start looking for free kids summer reading programs. Local public libraries will have free books, fun activities, and a great collection of books for all ages. Most public libraries have leveled reading list, reading tutors, read alouds and story time. 

Free Summer Reading Programs - Saving Dollars & Sense
Book Adventure – Sylvan offers this FREE reading incentive program. Basically, your child reads books and then takes a simple comprehension quiz to make sure they understood whatthey read. The quiz is usually about 10 questions long. They earn points based on how much theyremember from reading ...

Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program | Kids Reading Program, Reading ...
Official site for the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Program, a free program encouraging kids to read more by rewarding their reading accomplishments since 1984.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Teacher Resources | Scholastic
Get students excited about reading with the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge, a free online reading program designed to motivate children to read all summer long.

Reward Your Kid With Reading Reward Calendars | Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza and Token Rewards Calendars. ... Download and print out Chuck E.’s Rewards Calendars. ... Bring in a completed calendar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and receive 10 free tokens as a reward.

Reading Rockets' annual summer booklist makes it easy to find great books kids will enjoy during the long, lazy days of summer. This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books on topics that pique their curiosity — that's what really motivates children to want to read! Discover lots more great fiction and ...

Brightly's Summer Reading Challenges for Kids and Teens | Brightly
Get more out of summer reading with your kids with Brightly's Summer Reading Challenges. We've put together age-specific reading ideas — for preschoolers through teens — to help add some fun, inspiration, and great reading memories to your summer.

Bookworm Wednesdays - Free Kids Movies | Showcase Cinemas
A fun and rewarding summer reading program developed to encourage young children to read during the summer months, Bookworm Wednesdays entitles kids to free admission to a select children's film when they present a book report at a participating Cinema de Lux, Showcase, or Multiplex Cinemasbox office.

Summer Reading Journal - Barnes & Noble
Summer Reading Program for kids in Grades 1-6. SIMPLY FOLLOW THESE THREE EASY STEPS: 1. Read any eight books this summer and record them in this Summer Reading Journal. Tell us which part of the book is your ... Barnes & Noble College bookstores, or through Barnes & ( This offer is not ...

Kids Can Earn Free Books From Barnes and Noble This Summer
 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program 2018. The Barnes and Noble summer reading program for kids gives kids a free book when they read 8 books over the summer. Looking for more summer reading programs that will score your kids some freebies? Check out my list of the best summer ...Kids Earn a Free Book

The Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program is here to help you on your way, encouraging you to read books of your own choosing and earn a FREE book, simply by following these three easy steps:
Read any eight books this summer and record them in your Summer Reading Journal (English or Español). Tell us which part of the book is your favorite, and why.

Bring your completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 15th and September 3rd, 2018. Find a Store

Choose your FREE reading adventure from the book list featured on the back of the journal.Educators: Download more information here (PDF)

Summer Reading Lists:

ALSC Summer Reading Lists
The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool, K-2nd, 3rd- 5th and 6th-8th grade students.
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) - summer fun booklist
Books selected for children ages birth through Grade 5.
Reading Rockets - Summer Reading Booklists
This list can be a springboard for helping your kids choose books on topics that pique their curiosity — that's what really motivates children to want to read!
Recommended Reading: ALA's LibGuide
A collection of book lists drawn from the American Library Association's award-winning books, book lists, and resources.
YALSA Summer Learning - Recommended Reading
Links to YALSA's book awards, book lists, and Teens' Top Ten.

Over the summer months, students who participate are expected to read a number of books that are age appropriate before then writing a brief summary of what they enjoyed about each book. If students can complete ten books, they will be given a certificate, a new book, and they will qualify for various other incentives.

If possible, we would love your help in supporting this scheme and ensure that your child segues nicely into their next school year. As the weeks progress, you can monitor their reading logs and even read with them to keep it fun; as long as they are reading themselves too, it will contribute towards their ten books.

Enclosed, you will find a fact sheet along with numerous organizations who help with this program. Although the summer can be tough with no school, we have come together with local groups to ensure that your children aren't left bored and so they don’t regress with reading and learning skills; these include activities and even camps for the youth.

We hope we can rely on your support this summer to assist your child in their efforts to become a Summer Reading Achiever!

Summer Freebie - Summer Reading Agreement

Thanks to various studies in recent years, we now know that reading is one of the most effective and valuable tools for students to boost development and we see this as teachers. Of course, the only way to improve reading is to…well, read. Nowadays, we have grown accustomed to ‘summer setback or summer slide’ which suggests a decline for students over the summer as they stay away from school. If you compare fall reading levels with spring (with nothing done during summer), the results can be quite shocking.

With this information in mind, we are introducing a free resource to all parents and students to encourage reading through the summer break. For us, we want to see reading become a habit and it could be a habit that saves them from the inevitable boredom that comes towards the end of the break; just 20 minutes per day can have a huge impact!

We hope you can utilize this resource for all your students and parents to start the former on a journey of continual reading. Moving forward, we would love to receive some feedback for how effective the package is and how you use it to good effect.

Summer Reading Letter to Parents Idea #4

Dear Parents,

We are now edging ever closer to the summer break and we wanted to take a moment to say how proud we are of your child. Over this past year, they have grown as readers and as individuals. For their reading time in class, this has enabled them to practice various strategies and progress their reading level.

Of course, we all know that reading is the only way to become a better reader so we would like to encourage your child to continue their fantastic reading habit into the summer. If your child reads just 20 minutes per day, they will have read 1.8 million words in a single school year; with five minutes, this is just over 450,000 which is a huge difference.

As you will see, we have given your child a summer reading log which will help them to be accountable each day. By the end of summer, we hope that this log will be filled to the brim and they will be excited to show the teacher their progress.

Once again, we are tremendously proud of your child’s progress and would love to see this continue so please work with us and help make the transition into next year that little bit easier!

Links to Parent Letters

[DOC]Kindergarten Summer Reading Program - Dumfries Elementary School
The purpose of the PWCS Summer Reading Program is to encourage students to enjoy quality literature and to continue developing their independent reading skills. ... Presents the names of animal babies,parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of ...

[DOC]Fourth Grade Summer Reading Program - Dumfries Elementary School
The documentation is to include the name of the author, the title of the book, an explanation of the general topic or plot of the book, and a parent or guardian statement that the student has completed the reading. Fifth Grade students who participate in Prince William County Public Library's Summer ReadingProgram, the ...

[DOC]Dear Parents - Notre Dame of Bethlehem School
Dear Parents,. In an effort to clarify our expectations and provide more uniformity through all grades, we have provided information on our summer reading and ... the end of the school year. A fourth quarter grade in Reading is given to each student based on the number of books read for the 25-book requirement. Example:.

[DOC]Literacy Parent letter- quarterly report revised.doc - Canton Public ...
A kindergarten readiness assessment will be used with all public school kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students. This test will measure foundational skills related to reading, language, and mathematics. This test will also provide parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with an understanding of what children ...

[PDF]Summer Reading Letter and form 2016.doc - Newbury Town Library
Each student will read 2 books for summer reading, one required book and a second choice book, from a pre-approved ... "Children who report that their parents encourage them to read are more likely to read a high volume of books (65% ... choose to illustrate the climax, or ending of the story, for example. In addition, write ...

[DOC]Summer reading parent letter-English
Dear Parent/Guardian,. Summer is a great time for your child to practice what he/she has learned throughout the school year. There is no better activity for your child than to engage in reading for enjoyment. Not only will your child discover the joy of being lost in a book, he/she will practice the many skills and strategies ..

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El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline
Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
One Came Home by Amy Timberlake
Paperboy by Vince Vawter
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
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Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus
Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, illus. by David Small
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
Savvy by Ingrid Law
After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, illus. by Matt Phelan
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm,

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

Whittington by Alan Armstrong, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

Al Capone Does My Shirts by

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights" by Russell Freedman

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering,

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes

An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy

Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

A Corner of The Universe by Ann M. Martin

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Carver: A Life In Poems by Marilyn Nelson

A Year Down Yonder by by Richard Peck

Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Getting Near to Baby by by Audrey Couloumbis

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola

Holes by Louis Sachar

A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

Moorchild by Eloise McGraw

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Belle Prater's Boy by Ruth White

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

What Jamie Saw by Carolyn Coman

The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Yolonda's Genius by Carol Fenner

The Great Fire by Jim Murphy

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

The Ear, the Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly

Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery by Russell Freedman

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant

What Hearts by Bruce Brooks

The Dark-thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural by Patricia McKissack

Somewhere in the Darkness by Walter Dean Myers

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Nothing But The Truth: a Documentary Novel by Avi

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind by Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen (Jackson/Orchard)

Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

In The Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World by Virginia Hamilton

Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion)

After The Rain by Norma Fox Mazer (Morrow)

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Bradbury)

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (Greenwillow)

A Fine White Dust by Cynthia Rylant (Bradbury)

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer (Clarion)

Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens by Patricia Lauber

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Commodore Perry In the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg

Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes

The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks

One-Eyed Cat by Paula Fox

Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt

Sugaring Time by Kathryn Lasky

The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree by Bill Brittain

Dicey's Song by Cynthia Voigt

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley

Doctor DeSoto by William Steig

Graven Images by Paul Fleischman

Homesick: My Own Story by Jean Fritz

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

A Visit to William Blake's Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Willard

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary 1939-1944 by Aranka Siegal

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

The Fledgling by Jane Langton

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L'Engle

A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832 by Joan W. Blos

The Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl by David Kherdian

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

Anpao: An American Indian Odyssey by Jamake Highwater

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Abel's Island by William Steig

A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis

Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

M. C. Higgins, the Great by Virginia Hamilton (Macmillan)