Summer Mailings

June, 2017

Dear Incoming 6 th Grade Student,

We hope that you have an enjoyable and relaxing summer, but we don’t want you to forget all of the skills you have worked on during 5th grade. To keep your skills sharp, we require that you read two novels this summer. All students MUST read the novel Ungifted by Gordon Korman, as well as any other novel from the provided list.

Throughout 6 th grade, we will explore characters and their development throughout a novel. The topic of characterization will reoccur in our 6 th grade class discussions and assignments.

Summer Reading Assignment:

After you read Ungifted by Gordon Korman, complete the graphic organizer using the five aspects of characterization. We will refer to the S.T.E.A.L. method of characterization throughout our school year together, and we would like you to use this method for your assignment. Please see the acronym below.

  • S = what the character SAYS
  • T = what the character THINKS
  • E = the EFFECT the character has on other characters
  • A = the ACTIONS and behaviors of the character
  • L = how the character LOOKS and dresses

Have a great summer!

6 th Grade E.L.A. Department