MS 447 Rising 6th Grade ELA Summer Assignment

MS 447 Rising 6th Grade Summer Assignment


Welcome 6th graders, we are so excited to meet you in the fall!


First things first!Our entire school will be reading a common book this summer. We will be organizing some shared reading activities during the school year around this book.
This year’s book will be:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Young Readers Edition)

by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
(Please contact Parent Coordinator Amy Sirot if you need financial assistance to purchase this book.)


Next up!

Our first unit in ELA will be on independent reading and establishing strong reading habits.

In order to prepare for this, you should read at least 2 books for ELA, in addition to the school-wide common reading. These will be fiction books of your choice. They could be realistic fiction, historical fiction, or fantasy.


There is a list of titles you can choose from attached. You should read AT LEAST ONE book from the list, and the other book can also be from the list or can be something else!



In addition to reading these two books for ELA, you will also complete an assignment.


Step 1: Write one full paragraph about the theme of each book. Use text evidence to support the theme you determined.  You will turn in 2 paragraphs total – one per book.


Step 2: Complete a creative response about one of the books. This could be:

  • A collage
  • A drawing
  • A character map or timeline
  • A poem
  • Something else!

**2-dimensional creations only! Max size: 8.5” x 11” paper.


The paragraphs and creative response will be collected on

Tuesday, September 13th.


Happy summer, happy reading!

Suggested Book List

Remember, you should read at least one book from this list.


Liar & Spy

by Rebecca Stead

Seventh-grader Georges must adjust to moving from a house to an apartment in Brooklyn while his father attempts to start a new business and his mother takes on extra shifts as a nurse. On top of all this, he is picked on at school and confronted by a boy who wants his help spying on another resident of their building.
James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl

Young James Henry Trotter loses his parents and is forced to live with his evil aunts. Luckily, James escapes in a magical giant peach that grows in the backyard. He begins a new life, making friends along the way with hilarious characters like the Grasshopper and the Earthworm.
El Deafo

by Cece Bell

This graphic novel shows CeCe’s experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her “superpower.”


by Jacqueline Woodson

When Lonnie was seven years old, his parents died in a fire. Now he’s eleven, and he still misses them terribly. And he misses his little sister, Lili, who was put into a different foster home because “not a lot of people want boys —not foster boys that ain’t babies.”

I, Funny

by James Patterson

Nothing—not bullies nor tragedy—can keep Jamie from entering a comedy contest on Long Island.


by Roald Dahl

Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she’s just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress.


by Brian Selznick

Having lost his mother and his hearing, 12-year-old Ben leaves his Minnesota home in 1977 to seek the father he never knew in New York City. At the Museum of Natural History, he meets Rose, who is also looking for something. (Ben’s story is told in words; Rose’s in pictures.)

Stella by Starlight

by Sharon Draper

When a burning cross set by the Klan causes panic and fear in 1932 Bumblebee, North Carolina, fifth-grader Stella must face prejudice and find the strength to demand change in her segregated town.


by Roald Dahl

Kidsnatched from her orphange by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts a plan with him to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants.

The Fourteenth Goldfish

by Jennifer L. Holm

Ellie’s scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager—which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

by Carl Hiaasen

Roy Eberhardt is new to his small Florida community of Coconut Cove. Unfortunately, Roy’s first acquaintance is a well-known bully. Then again, if it weren’t for the bully, Roy might never have spotted the running boy. And the running boy is intriguing: he was running away from the school bus, carried no books, and — here’s the odd part — wore no shoes. Sensing a mystery, Roy sets himself on the boy’s trail.


by Pam Munoz Ryan

Lost and alone in the forbidden Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.