1st nine weeks -
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick
2nd nine weeks -
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
3rd nine weeks -
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
4th nine weeks -
The Giver by Lois Lowry
I strongly encourage students to purchase their own copies of the required novels we will study this year. I have students highlight important elements in the book and teach annotations which are written in the margins.
Amazon.com and McKay’s Used Bookstore are two places to find these books cheaply. If possible, purchase them as soon as possible and all together to ensure your child has the book when we begin that particular unit study.
Parts of the Plot is a focus we study with each novel. Here is a quick guide to use as a resource.
Exposition - **The beginning of the story where the characters and the setting is revealed and important background information is shared.
Rising Action -This is where the events in the story become complicated and the conflict in the story is revealed (events between the introduction and climax).
- Person v. Person
- Person v. Self
- Person v. Fate
- Person v. Society
- Person v. Nature
Falling action - The events and complications begin to resolve themselves. The reader knows what has happened next and if the conflict was resolved or not (events between climax and resolution).
Resolution -The Part of the plot that concludes the falling action by revealing or suggesting the outcome of the conflict.
Holes by Louis Sachar
Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
Summer reading deadlines:
Holes test will be given on Friday, August 9th. Plot diagram can be used as a resource during the test, and it will collected along with the test.
Among the Hidden notes are due Monday, August 12th and will be used in class that week as a resource.
Students will create a setting map in class based on The Transall Saga which will be due Monday, August 19th. The directions and rubric will be given to students on the 12th.