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 1 students to enrich their educational experience and create a well-rounded ELA curriculum. This writing program is for students reading at a 3rd - 5th-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. The Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell: This retelling of the classic fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs" takes place in the American Southwest and features three javelinas (wild pigs). The story follows their adventures as they each build a home to protect themselves from the big, bad coyote.
2. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder: Based on the author's own experiences, this beloved autobiographical novel chronicles the life of Laura Ingalls and her family as they settle on the prairie in the late 1800s. It vividly depicts the challenges and triumphs of pioneer life and captures the spirit of the American frontier.
3. How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears by Heather Irbinskas: This charming Native American folktale explains the origin of the jackrabbit's long ears. Through colorful illustrations and engaging storytelling, readers discover how Jackrabbit learns an important lesson about humility and cooperation.
4. Storm on the Desert by Carolyn Lesser: In this captivating non-fiction book, the author explores the beauty and power of desert storms. Through vivid descriptions and stunning photographs, readers will gain a deeper understanding of the unique ecosystem of the desert and the role of storms in shaping its landscape.
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5. I'm in Charge of Celebrations by Byrd Baylor: In this poetic and introspective book, the author reflects on her experiences of celebrating the simple joys and wonders of life. Through vivid descriptions of nature and personal reflections, readers are reminded to appreciate the beauty in everyday moments.
6. Mr. Popper's Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater: This delightful children's novel tells the story of Mr. Popper, a house painter who unexpectedly receives a penguin as a gift. As the penguin family grows, Mr. Popper's life takes a comical turn as he tries to care for his new, waddling companions.
7. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst: In this humorous and relatable story, young Alexander experiences a series of mishaps and frustrations throughout his day. From waking up with gum in his hair to enduring embarrassing moments at school, Alexander's tale reassures children that everyone has bad days, even in Australia.
8. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: This timeless classic follows the adventures of Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up, and his fairy companion, Tinker Bell. With a sprinkle of fairy dust, they whisk away three siblings to the magical world of Neverland, where they encounter pirates, mermaids, and the infamous Captain Hook.
9. King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry: Set in the 18th century, this historical novel tells the story of a young Arabian colt named Sham and his journey from Morocco to England. Alongside his young owner, Agba, Sham faces numerous challenges and obstacles in his quest to prove himself as the greatest racing horse of his time.
These books offer a diverse range of themes, from folktales and historical adventures to stories about resilience and imagination. They are sure to captivate readers of different ages and interests.