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Subject: 6th grade read aloud?
Date Posted: 1/26/2012 3:59 PM ET
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I am looking for a great book to do as a read aloud for my 6th graders. I would prefer something that is more "classic", but I'm open to suggestions.

Here is what I already cover with 6th and 7th: The Giver, Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, and The Cay. And sometimes I use The Boy Who Dared or Al Capone Does My Shirts.


Thanks for your suggestions!

Date Posted: 1/26/2012 9:29 PM ET
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At that age, one of the classics I loved was Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The popularity of pirates the last few years might make Treasure Island an interesting choice, too. 

Date Posted: 1/27/2012 10:46 PM ET
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How about The Dog that Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat. It is about a boy (Farley) and his extremely unusual dog on the Canadian prairies in the early 1930s.  Very, very funny too!

Also, No Life for a Lady by Agnes Cleaveland. It is her story about growing on a cattle ranch in New Mexico in the 1880s. Full of wonderful stories about her and her brother.  Also, shows kids just how hard life was back then, but also how enjoyable.

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Subject: Read aloud for 6th grade
Date Posted: 1/28/2012 4:26 PM ET
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The Pushcart War by Jean Merril  - here's the introduction to it:

"As it has been only ten years ince the Pushcart War, I was surprised when one of my nephews a few months ago looked puzzledat the mentioned of a Mighty Mammoth. Then I realized that he had probably never seen a Mighty Mammoth. (He was only two at the time of the war and, moreover, was living in Iceland where his father had been sent on a government assignment.)

That a twelve year old boy might never have seen a Mighty Mammoth was understable. What astonished me was that he had never even heard of one. But I have since discovered that there has never been a history of the Pushcart War written for young people.

Professor Lyman Cumberly's book, The Large Object Theory of History, drawn mainly from his observations of the Pushcart War, is a brilliant work. However it is written primarily for college students.

I have always believed that we cannot have peace in the world until all of us understand how wars start. And so I have tried to set down the main events of the Pushcart War in such a way that readers of all ages may profit from whatever lessons it offers.

Although I was living in New York at the time of the war and saw the streets of New York overrun with Mighty Mammoths and Leaping Lemas, I did not know any of the participants personally - except Buddy Wisser. I did contribute in a small way to the decisive battle described in Chapter XXXIV but, lie most New Yorkers, was sleep in the early days of the war as to what was at issue - until Buddy Wisser alerted us all with his 160-by-160-foot enlargement of Marvin Steeley's photograph of the Daffodil Masacre."

This book is a fun story in of itself, but made even more fun by the attempts of the author to make it appear as though she's writing a non-fiction story. It's almost hard to believe it is fiction!

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 9:43 PM ET
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The Dark is rising

Island of the Blue Dolphin

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 9:33 PM ET
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Not a classic but great lessons about behavior, traditions and respect:


This was one that I used to read and the students loved it!
Date Posted: 4/4/2012 3:21 PM ET
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The Hunger Games is not classic but offers great discussions and is wildly popular right now.

Date Posted: 4/17/2012 12:28 AM ET
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I agree with Thomas F. Read some Farley Mowat...Dog who wouldn't be, or Owls in the Family for some laughs...or A Whale for the Killing if you want them to think about the unnecesary bullying that can happen, not just between people, but by man towards our environment.

Date Posted: 5/29/2012 12:49 PM ET
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I have a friend who teaches sixth grade and she swears by Belle Prater's Boy.

Date Posted: 6/4/2012 1:40 AM ET
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The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez was a great success in my class. 

Date Posted: 7/3/2012 5:27 PM ET
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The Watson's Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis and  Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech have both been widly popular in our middle school library.