Common Core Standards for 6th Grade (RL 6.9)
Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g. stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
A young boy is orphaned and crawls into a cemetery, where the dead decide to raise him and keep him safe from a killer.
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
When a brilliant Egyptologist is banished into oblivion, his two children are forced to embark on a dangerous journey.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Set during the civil war, Little Women chronicles the lives of the four March sisters.
May B: A Novel by Caroline Rose
Pa hires out 12-year-old May to a couple on the frontier. When the couple disappears, how will she survive? Told in verse.
Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard pressed to survive until the local Indians teach him their skills.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
The story of a girl who falls into the shelter system, and from their must solve the mystery of her father’s strange disappearance.
The Wizard of Dark Street: an Oona Crate Mystery by Shawn Thomas Odyssey
Oona was born to be a magician, but would rather be a detective. When her uncle is attacked and vanishes, Oona is on her own to find out what happened. Full of magic, odd characters and evil henchmen.
Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
This novel in verse tells the story of Serafina, a young girl in Haiti who dreams of becoming a doctor. Many obstacles stand in her way, especially after a hurricane hits her town.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August has a facial deformity and begins his first year in public school. Can he survive being the target of bullies?
The Underground Railroad: An Interactive History Adventure by Allison Lassieur
You are a slave in the 1850’s thinking about escaping, what do you do?
Anne Frank and Children of the Holocaust by Carol Ann Lee
The Worst-Case Scenario Survive-O-Pedia by David Borgenicht
Tips for handling out-of-the-ordinary emergencies.
I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery by Cynthia Grady
Hand in Hand: An American History Through Poetry collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
A collection of poems and songs that look at American history from colonial times to the present.
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