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6th grade homeschool reading list

(not all books pictured – because someone still has ordering to do!)

Out of all of the book lists, I think our 6th graders reading list is the one that I am looking forward to the most this year. Much of that is because of the time that McKenna and I are spending sitting down to talk about the various books and discussing in-depth the story lines.

Her reading list alternates between her assigned list and the additional reading list, typically finishing two books a month. The below lists do not include those that we will be reading aloud as a family or the books that she chooses to read for fun.

A Peek at the Assigned Reading List

All of the books on this list are based on the Ready Readers 2 guide that we are using this year for literature and reading. During the week we are using Ready Readers to look at our current book and take a comprehensive look at the conflict, plot, setting, characters, theme, literary devices and author of the stories. The guide provides us with a fabulous set of questions (and answers) to get us started – and it has already been great!

Additional Reading

Along with the above books, I’ve pulled together some additional books using the  Reading Roadmaps guide (also put out by Center for Lit). Overall, I’m really appreciating the book suggestions it offers for grades K – 12. Although it doesn’t offer the same in-depth questions and comprehension as Ready Readers 2, it does provide some basic information for discussion (theme, plot, and conflict) for all of the recommended stories.

We’ll be filling out a book report form, story chart, or creating a simple literature summary for the below books (including plot, characters, setting, theme/conflict, and one literary device used in the story).

Since a few of the books also have movies to go along, we’re going to have some fun with that aspect as well – comparing the book to the movie version and just spending some fun time together! While this isn’t a huge list, the main goal for this year is learning more about various aspects of literature and assuring that McKenna has a firm grasp on key lit terms, literary devices, and knows how to look for those things in her reading.

What books are on your kid’s reading list for this year?

Our Other Reading Lists

Interested in seeing our 9th Grade Reading List as well? You can check out our reading choices for this year.

9th grade reading list

4th grade homeschool reading list


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  1. Paige St.Laurent says

    I would love to know more about Ready Reader Yolanthe! I was not familiar with it until reading about it here. How do you schedule the reading etc? I have a 3rd grader right now that I would love to add to his reading on his level. We are also using AAR but I feel like I need to add more books since he reads well above his AAR lessons and I need to get into conflict, plot, setting etc. I do better with laid out lesson plans since I can pick those up and go. I’ve been homeschooling long enough that I can chuck the lesson plan if I need to though too.

    • There aren’t any set plans, but as she is reading chapters we are talking about various components – what the setting is, what characters have been introduced, etc… There are lots of questions to answer. Center for Lit may have samples of the Ready Reader manuals on their website to look over.

      This year we are doing something similar with Zachary using the Learning Language Arts Through Literature. Zachary has 5 book studies this year as well – not quite as in depth, but it’s a start. :)

  2. Hi Jolanthe, Did you do the Teaching the Classics seminar (or watch the DVDs) before starting Ready Readers? I’m interested in using them next year (for a combined 5th/6th grade lit class) but wondered how much advance knowledge I need to use the program. Can you just get Ready Readers and figure it out?

    • I attended a few sessions at a homeschool convention – not as intensive as the training, but gave me an overall idea. My undergrad degree was English Ed, so most of it I was able to work out on my own. The Ready Readers you should be able to do on your own. :) There is quite a bit of info in the books too – I’ll double check to be sure, but feel free to email me directly and ask. For some reason my comments are not heading to my inbox.

  3. So do you use the books on the list, the story map and book report sheets as your lit curriculum?

    • Realized I never responded to you!!! We’ve gone through the Reading Roadmaps book, picked out the ones that would fit for this year, and then as we go through the book we use a story map to plot the rising/falling action and then also a completed book report when the book is finished. Is that what you were asking? And yes – that’s essentially his lit for the year. :)

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