Summer Writing and Reading Guides

It’s Summer!!

As summer gets going many of us are looking for ways to keep our kids developing in their academics. Although there are many wonderful programs that the county and private tutoring centers offer, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak on what the students will be working on in middle school. 

Below you will find the writing rubrics that our sixth grade uses to evaluate grade level writing. Your students may enjoy writing throughout the summer and here is a chance to preview how they will do next year! 
Also, I have put together a list of books that many fifth graders have enjoyed a summer reading list. By all means, is this not required reading, but a helpful tool to point some reluctant readers in the right direction.

6th – Informational/Explanatory Writing Rubric

 

4Above Grade Level 3At Grade Level 2Approaching Grade Level 1Below Grade Level
Focus/Information * Reads the prompt carefully.* Responds thoroughly to all parts of it.

*Shows a strong understanding of the topic.

*Reads the prompt.*Responds to all parts of it.

*Shows an understanding of the topic.

*Reads and responds to most parts of the prompt.*Shows a partial understanding of the topic. *Reads and responds to some parts of the prompt.*Fails to show understanding of the topic.

 

Organization * Organizes ideas and information into paragraphs with a clear thesis in the introduction, well-structured body, and insightful conclusion.*Logically groups information into paragraphs or sections with appropriate formatting.

*Expertly uses a variety of transitions to link the major concepts.

 

* Organize ideas and information into paragraphs with a thesis in the introduction, logical body paragraphs, and a conclusion.*Groups information into paragraphs or sections with formatting.

*Uses a variety of transition to link the major concepts.

 

*Organizes ideas and information that show some paragraph development.*Mostly groups information into paragraphs or sections.

*Uses transitions to link some concepts.

*Does not organize ideas into paragraphs.*Does not group related information together.

*Uses few transition words to sequence events.

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Support/Evidence *Skillfully and accurately uses relevant and abundant text support from outside resources. ***Uses a variety of reliable sources.**

*Develops the topic well by integrating facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

* Uses relevant and sufficient text support from outside resources.*Uses reliable sources.

*Develops the topic with facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

*Uses mostly relevant text support but may lack sufficient evidence or accurate use.*Uses mostly reliable sources.

*Develops the topic with limited

facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

 

*Does not use relevant or sufficient text support from resources with accuracy.*Uses few or no reliable resources.

*Does not support topic with facts, details, and/or reasons.

Language *Uses purposeful and varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains minimal to no errors in conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling).

*Utilizes precise and sophisticated word choice.

*Uses correct and varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains few, minor errors in conventions.

*Uses strong and appropriate word choice.

 

*Uses mostly correct and some varied sentence structure (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains some errors in conventions which may cause confusion.

*Usually utilizes appropriate word choice.

*Uses limited and/or repetitive sentence structure (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains numerous errors in conventions which cause confusion.

*Uses vague or basic word choice.

 

 

** if applicable

6th – Opinion/Argument Writing Rubric

 

4Above Grade Level 3At Grade Level 2Approaching Grade Level 1Below Grade Level
Focus/Opinion * Reads the prompt carefully.* Responds thoroughly to all parts of it.

* Shows understanding of the topic through insightful argument/claim/opinion.

*Reads the prompt.*Responds to all parts of it.

*Shows understanding of the topic through solid argument/claim/opinion.

 

*Reads and responds to most parts of the prompt.*Shows a partial understanding of the topic through weak argument/claim/opinion.

 

*Reads and responds to some parts of the prompt.*Fails to show understanding of the topic and lacks argument/claim/opinion.

 

Organization * Organizes ideas and information clearly with a thesis in the introduction, body paragraphs that relate back to the thesis, and an insightful conclusion.*Uses a variety of linking words, phrases, and clauses to skillfully connect reasons to argument/claim/opinion. * Organize ideas and information that includes a thesis in the introduction, logical body paragraphs, and a conclusion.*Uses linking words, phrases, and clauses appropriately to connect reasons to argument/claim/opinion. *Organizes ideas and information that show some paragraph development.*Uses some linking words, phrases, and clauses appropriately to connect reasons to argument/claim/opinion *Does not organize ideas into paragraphs.*Uses no linking words, phrases, or clauses.
Support/Evidence *Supports opinion skillfully with relevant evidence.*Provides insightful explanation or analysis of how evidence supports claim(s). *Supports opinion with relevant evidence.*Provides clear explanation or analysis of how evidence supports claim(s). *Supports opinion with limited evidence.*Provides some explanation or analysis of how evidence supports claim(s). *Does not support the opinion with sufficient or relevant evidence.*Provides no or inaccurate explanation or analysis of how evidence supports claim(s).
Language *Uses purposeful and varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains minimal to no errors in conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling).

*Utilizes precise and sophisticated word choice.

*Uses correct and varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains few, minor errors in conventions.

*Uses strong and appropriate word choice.

 

*Uses mostly correct and some varied sentence structure (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains some errors in conventions which may cause confusion.

*Usually utilizes appropriate word choice.

*Uses limited and/or repetitive sentence structure (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains numerous errors in conventions which cause confusion.

*Uses vague or basic word choice.

 

 

 

 

6th – Narrative Writing Rubric

 

 

4Above Grade Level 3At Grade Level 2Approaching Grade Level 1Below Grade Level
Focus/Setting * Reads the prompt carefully.* Responds thoroughly to all parts of it.

* Creates a rich scenario, introduce characters and/or a narrator.

*Reads the prompt.*Responds to all parts of it.

*Creates a scenario, introduce characters and/or a narrator.

*Reads and respond to most parts of the prompt.*Partially creates a scenario and introduce characters and/or a narrator. *Reads and responds to some parts of the prompt.*Fails to create a scenario or introduce characters or narrator.
Organization/Plot * Organizes a well-planned series of events.* Events unfold logically and easily.

*Expertly uses a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to move the sequence of events along.

*Provides a clear conclusion that follows the narrated experiences or events.

* Organizes a series of events.*Events unfold logically and easily.

*Uses a variety of transition words, phrases, and clauses to signal a sequence of events.

*Provides a conclusion that follows the narrated experiences or events.

*Organizes a series of events that flow but may not be logical.*Uses transition words to show event sequences.

*Provides a conclusion that connects to the events.

*Sequence of events are not logical.*Uses few transition words to sequence events.

*Provides no conclusion or one that is not connected to the events.

Narrative Techniques *Creatively uses dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.*Expertly uses precise words and phrases, significant descriptive details, and sensory language to convey rich experiences and events. *Uses dialogue, pacing, and description, to develop experiences, events, and/ or characters.*Uses precise words and phrases, descriptive details, and sensory language to convey experiences and events. *Uses some dialogue, pacing, and description to develop the story.*Uses some precise words, descriptive details, and sensory language.

 

*Uses little or no dialogue or description to develop the story.*Uses little or no precise words, descriptive details, or sensory language.
Language *Uses purposeful and varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains minimal to no errors in conventions (grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and spelling).

*Utilizes precise and sophisticated word choice.

*Uses correct and varied sentence structures (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains few, minor errors in conventions.

*Uses strong and appropriate word choice.

 

*Uses mostly correct and some varied sentence structure (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains some errors in conventions which may cause confusion.

*Usually utilizes appropriate word choice.

*Uses limited and/or repetitive sentence structure (simple, compound, complex sentences).*Contains numerous errors in conventions which cause confusion.

*Uses vague or basic word choice.

 

Summer Reading Options

 

Fifth Grade Level
 

 

 

 

FANTASY FICTIONTuck Everlasting

Any Which Wall

The Water Castle

The Water Horse

Chronicles of Narnia*

Starcatchers*

Five Kingdoms*

Kingdom Keepers (Disney After Dark)*

Spy School*

ADVENTURE FICTIONThe Incredible Journey

I Am the Ice Worm

A Single Shard

The Lion’s Paw

Hoot

Kit’s Wilderness

 

HISTORICAL FICTIONLittle Men

Jo’s Boys

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place

Howl’s Moving Castle

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Little Riders

The Lace Maker and the Princess

Esperanza Rising

A Year Down Yonder

IF YOU LIKED WESTING GAME(Mystery)

Book Scavenger

Green Glass House

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

The London Eye Mystery

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

39 Clues

The Name of This Book is Secret

The Homework Machine

Mysterious Benedict Society*

Peter and the Starcatchers *

IF YOU LIKED SIGN OF THE BEAVER(Historical Fiction)

Moccasin Trail

The Journeyman

Swift Rivers

The Courage of Sarah Noble

By The Great Horn Spoon!

Number the Stars

On the Wings of Heroes

The Shakespeare Stealer

 

NON-FICTION BOOKSWhat If I Had…?

Who Would Win?

You Wouldn’t Want to Be

I Wonder Why..?

National Geographic Kids Everything…

 

IF YOU LIKED THE GIVER(Science Fiction)

Never Let Me Go

A Wrinkle in Time

The Little Prince

Have A Spacesuit, Will Travel

Charlie and the Glass Elevator

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM

The Complete Adventures of Lucky Starr

The Martian Chronicles

The Ear, The Eye, The Arm

The View from Saturday

Bud Not Buddy

Lily’s Crossing

 

CLASSICSLittle Women

Tom Sawyer

The Three Musketeers

Pinocchio

Wind in the Willows

Where the Red Fern Grows

Old Yeller

Secret Garden

Alice in Wonderland

Through the Looking Glass

Pollyanna

Anne of Green Gables*

REALISTIC KID FOCUSED BOOKSWonder

Mockingbird

Stargirl

Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

Out of My Mind

Okay for Now

What the Moon Saw

Bridge to Terabithia

 

 

 

* means this is part of a series!

The last week of elementary school!

It is the last week of fifth grade. Not only that, but it is the last week of elementary school. It has flown by so quickly!! It seems like just yesterday we were getting to know each other and learning about each others summer adventures. Now we are all headed off to middle school! So exciting and sad at the same time!!

The state reports were awesome! I was so impressed with all the interesting and creative designs they had! Next up we have the talent show and I am so excited for them to show you how diverse and wonderful God made them!

Chromebooks are, hopefully, being returned on Monday. Please be sure your student packs the Chromebook, case, and charger in their backpacks on Sunday night!!

Please, also remember to have your student bring their favorite ice cream topping on Tuesday morning! The celebration will be all the sweeter with those toppings!

Due Dates: 

  • Monday, June 4: Chromebook, case, and charger
  • Tuesday, June 5: Ice cream topping
  • Wednesday, June 6: A sharpie for yearbook signing!

School Happenings:

  • Monday, June 4: Honor Roll Party
  • Tuesday, June 5: Fifth-Grade Talent Show and Promotion (1:15-3, Monske Hall, all are welcome – invitations came home last week)
  • Wednesday, June 6: Last day of school, and picnic on the grass at 11

Classroom Happenings:

  • Monday – Chromebook return, music, AR Party, and Honor Roll
  • Tuesday– PE and Talent Show/Promotion
  • Wednesday – Picnic on the grass and a half day (Crosswalk will still go until 6PM)