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8 Books Recommended for Elementary Students in IEW SSS Level A, Year 2

Updated: Mar 23

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 A, Year 2 students to enrich their educational experience and create a well-rounded ELA curriculum. This writing program is for students reading at a 4th - 6th-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. "Krista Kim-Bap" by Angela Ahn: Join Krista on a journey of self-discovery as she embraces her Korean-Canadian heritage, explores the power of friendship, and navigates the joys and challenges of cultural identity.

2. "Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service" by Annette Bay Pimentel: Embark on a culinary adventure as a man's unexpected twist of fate leads him to play a crucial role in the creation of the National Park Service, all while serving up mouthwatering dishes along the way.

3. "The Chocolate Touch" by Patrick Skene Catling: Indulge in a deliciously enchanting tale where a young boy's insatiable sweet tooth takes him on a magical journey filled with delectable consequences. Will he learn the valuable lesson of moderation?

4. "Homer Price" by Robert McCloskey: Delight in a series of charming adventures featuring the mischievous Homer Price. From giant donuts to runaway dough mixers, Homer's small-town heroism and big-hearted courage will captivate young readers.

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5. Scrambled Egg Super! by Dr. Seuss: Embark on an egg-citing journey with Peter T. Hooper as he searches for the most extraordinary egg in the world. Dr. Seuss's delightful rhymes and whimsical illustrations will engage children's imagination and encourage them to embrace their creativity and curiosity.

6. The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White: Follow the journey of Louis, a young swan born without a voice, as he discovers his own unique way of communicating through a trumpet. This touching story of determination, friendship, and self-acceptance will inspire children to overcome obstacles and find their own voices.

7. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant: Uncover the fascinating life of Peter Mark Roget, the creator of a thesaurus. Through vibrant illustrations and engaging storytelling, children will learn about the power of words, the beauty of language, and the importance of organizing ideas. This biography celebrates the joy of learning and the impact of Roget's work on communication.

8. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell: Immerse yourself in the gripping tale of Karana, a young Native American girl who must survive alone on an isolated island. Children will be captivated by this story of resilience, bravery, and self-reliance while gaining a deeper understanding of Native American culture and the power of the human spirit.

Indulge in this diverse compilation of tales, each one offering its own unique blend of adventure, discovery, and the power of words. From mouthwatering delights to daring adventures, this collection is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

Mrs. Brown


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