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Sixth Grade Summer Reading
Summer Reading List/Assignments

Summer Reading Assignment

Strategic Reading and Writing: Book Commerical Project

                                      Ready! Set! Share!

You will create a short written blurb about the book you choose from the Summer Reading list.

Your commercial should include the following:

Option A: If your book is a work of fiction:

  • A catchy hook
  • Central character descriptions
  • Brief explanation of the plot
  • Introduction (theme)
  • Major character decisions
  • Recommendation (yes or no)
  • Evidence from the book as support of the recommendation

Option B: If your book is a work of nonfiction:

  • A catchy hook
  • Central topic, author, and/or subject descriptions
  • Brief explanation of events
  • Introduction (message/lessons learned)
  • Major decicions made by people in the text
  • Recommendation (yes or no)
  • Evidence from the book as support of the recommendation

Basically, you are trying to entice someone to want to read your chosen book. Pull out the best of what you know, and make us want to rush out and buy it!

This is due on the first day of school.

You may include a colorful poster with your written synopsis/blurb to enhance creativity.



Book Commercial Guidelines/Suggestions/Helpful Hints

There are three parts to a good book commercial: the hook, the content, and the cliffhanger.

  • The hook-Something that will grab the listener’s attention. Get them excited and interested.
  • A quote that you liked from the book.
  • Read a scary/funny/exciting part of the book.
  • Link the book to a movie.
  • Ask a question the listeners can relate to (Example: Have you ever felt like the world was against you?)
  • The content- Tell about the characters and/or the plot.
  • Give the title of the book and author’s name toward the beginning.
  • Give a brief summary of the plot.
  • Mention any interesting characters.
  • The cliffhanger- Leave the listeners without some information so that they are wanting more. Then they will want to read the book to find out what happens.
  • End the commercial unresolved with something up in the air. Could be a question like, “Will Nancy  find her way out of the darkness?” or, “Does Shana ever realize her mother’s secret?” or, “If you want to know what happens next, read the book.”


Summer Reading List

Science Fiction/Fantasy

~The Giver by Lois Lowry

~Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

~The Wish Giver by Bill Brittain

~Inkspell (Sequel to Inkheart on the 5th grade list)

~The White Mountains by John Christopher

~Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien



~Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney

~The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

~Flush by Carl Hiaasen

~Holes by Louis Sachar


Historical Fiction

~Shakespeare’s Stealer by Gary Blackwood

~A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

~Esperanza Rising


Sports Related Fiction

~Miracle on 49th Street by Mike Lupica

~Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter



~The Wright 3 by Blue Balliet



~Knots in My Yo-Yo String: An Autobiography of a Kid by Jerry Spinelli

~Spellbinder: The Life of Harry Houdini by Tom Lalicki

~Good Brother, Bad Brother by James Cross Giblin


Realistic Fiction

~The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsberg

~One Eyed Cat by Paula Fox

~Rules by Cynthia Lord

~Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

~Coyote Autumn by Bill Wallace




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