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7 Books Recommended for Middle School Students in IEW SSS Level B, Year 2

Are you a parent concerned about providing a well-rounded English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum for your middle schooler? Look no further! By introducing a carefully selected collection of books, we'll not only enhance their reading skills but also foster creativity, critical thinking, and a deeper understanding of language and storytelling.

Listed below are the captivating books suggested by the Institute for Excellence in Writing for SSS Level B, Year 2 students to enrich their educational experience and create a well-rounded ELA curriculum. This writing program is for students reading at a 6th - 8th-grade level. Adding these books along with the literature companions to your list can help make the writing program a full ELA credit for the year.

1. Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter: "Follow the Drinking Gourd" is a children's book that tells the story of a young girl named Peg and her family who are slaves in the American South. Inspired by the traditional folk song, the book follows Peg and her family's escape on the Underground Railroad, guided by the Drinking Gourd constellation (the Big Dipper). It's a heartwarming tale of courage, hope, and the pursuit of freedom.

2. In the Year of the Boar by Jackie Robinson: "In the Year of the Boar" follows the story of a young Chinese girl named Shirley Temple Wong, who immigrates to the United States from China in 1947. Set against the backdrop of post-World War II America, Shirley faces the challenges of adjusting to a new country, culture, and language. Jackie Robinson's historic breaking of the color barrier in baseball serves as an inspiring parallel to Shirley's own journey of acceptance and finding her place in a new land.

3. The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting: "The Story of Doctor Dolittle" is a classic children's book that introduces the eccentric character of Doctor Dolittle, a physician who learns to communicate with animals. As a veterinarian, Doctor Dolittle embarks on a series of adventures filled with talking animals, pirates, and far-off lands. The book emphasizes the importance of empathy, communication, and the bond between humans and animals.

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4. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis: "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" is a powerful historical fiction novel set during the civil rights movement in America. The story revolves around the Watson family, an African American family from Flint, Michigan, as they embark on a road trip to Birmingham, Alabama. The book addresses themes of racism, family dynamics, and resilience, particularly in the face of tragic events that occur during their journey.

5. Penrod by Booth Tarkington: "Penrod" is a humorous novel that follows the misadventures of a young boy named Penrod Schofield. Set in the early 20th century, the book explores the escapades of Penrod and his friends as they navigate school, friendship, and the world of childhood mischief. With its wit and charm, "Penrod" offers a nostalgic and entertaining portrayal of a bygone era.

6. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: "Peter Pan" is a beloved classic that tells the story of a young boy who never grows up. Peter Pan whisks away Wendy Darling and her brothers to the magical world of Neverland, where they encounter fairies, pirates, and mermaids. The book explores themes of imagination, adventure, and the bittersweet nature of growing up, capturing the hearts of readers of all ages.

7. The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith: "The Captain's Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe" is a historical fiction novel narrated from the perspective of Seaman, Captain Meriwether Lewis's faithful Newfoundland dog. Seaman accompanies the famous Lewis and Clark expedition as they explore the uncharted American West. The book offers a unique viewpoint on this important moment in American history and provides insight into the challenges and triumphs of the expedition through the eyes of a loyal companion.


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