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Literary Texts

The Cay

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When World War II breaks out, eleven-year-old Philip Enright leaves the island nation of Curaçao with his frightened mother. Their ship is torpedoed by German submarines, and Philip is blinded in the attack.

Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza thought she'd always live a privileged life on her family's ranch in Mexico. She'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home filled with servants, and Mama, Papa, and Abuelita to care for her. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California and settle in a Mexican farm labor camp. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard work, financial struggles brought on by the Great Depression, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When Mama gets sick and a strike for better working conditions threatens to uproot their new life, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances-because Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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A boy learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

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Always trouble-prone, the life of teenager Percy Jackson gets a lot more complicated when he learns he's the son of a Greek god. At a training ground for the children of deities, Percy learns to harness his divine powers and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime: he must prevent a feud among the Olympians from erupting into a devastating war on Earth, and rescue his mother from the clutches of Hades, god of the underworld.

Walk Two Moons

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Salamanca Tree Hiddle (Sal), a young girl searching for her mother. The novel is a story-within-a-story. Creech writes about Sal's road trip to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents, and during the trip, Sal tells her grandparents about her friend Phoebe Winterbottom and the disappearance of Phoebe's mother. In the telling of her story, the tragic events of her own mother's disappearance and parallels between the situations and reactions of the girls are revealed.

Where the Red Fern Grows

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Where the Red Fern Grows is the heartwarming and adventurous tale for all ages about a young boy and his quest for his own red-bone hound hunting dogs. Set in the Ozark Mountains during the Great Depression, Billy Coleman works hard and saves his earnings for 2 years to achieve his dream of buying two coonhound pups.

Informational Texts

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Scholastic News

Scholastic provides students with an opportunity to read current, real world articles that are accessible to them.  A focus on writing including summarizing, providing evidence, constructing inferences, and explaining the purpose of sections are emphasized.  Additionally, students watch short, related clips about the topic to provide further information and engagement. 

Reading Skills

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UNIT 1

  1. Plot & Character
  2. Cause & Effect
  3. Theme & Setting
  4. Fact & Opinion
  5. Cause & Effect

UNIT 2

  1. Compare & Contrast
  2. Sequence
  3. Compare & Contrast
  4. Author's Purpose
  5. Author's Purpose

UNIT 3

  1. Sequence
  2. Main Idea & Details
  3. Fact & Opinion
  4. Main Idea & Details
  5. Graphic Sources

UNIT 4

  1. Draw Conclusions
  2. Generalize
  3. Graphic Sources
  4. Generalize
  5. Draw Conclusions

UNIT 5

  1. Character & Plot
  2. Graphic Sources
  3. Author's Purpose
  4. Cause & Effect
  5. Generalize

UNIT 6

  1. Draw Conclusions
  2. Main Idea & Details
  3. Compare & Contrast
  4. Fact & Opinion
  5. Sequence