Reading Requirements
For Each
Grading Period:

Florida Sunshine State Standards Reading Mandate:  All students must read five books each grading period for home learning.   Therefore, all gifted students in Mrs. Carlson-Yellen's Language Arts class must do so.   Starting with the second grading period, students will be required to turn in five Accelerated Reader Tests and three book reports.  The five Accelerated Reader Tests will count as a weighted grade - worth 5 grades - at the end of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grading periods.  Each book report will count as two grades. 
Lexile Level:  According to the Lexile Framework for Reading, students who are interested in reading about a topic are able to read at a higher level.  It is recommended that students read fiction and non-fiction books in a range of 100 lexile points above or below their grade-level range.  As the reader understands what she or he is reading, the lexile level may be raised and become more challenging, then the reader is able to grow.
Books of the Month for Middle School Students:

To find out what the book is about, click on to the title of each listed book.
August (Cliffhangers) --
The Trouble With Lemons, by Daniel Hayes (830L)
September (Adventure) --
The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech
October (Hispanic Heritage) --
Kokopelli's Flute, by Will Hobbs
November (Dreamers & Achievers) --
Upon the Head of the Goat: A Childhood in Hungary, by Aranka Siegal
December (Tried & True) --
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle (740L)
January (FL  USA) --
The Tiger Rising, by Kate DiCamillo (520L)  or Cross Creek, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1120L)
February (AfricanAmerican History)  --
Fight On!  Mary Church Terrell's Battle for Integration, by Dennis Brindell Fradin (1030L)
March (History Fact or Fiction) -- 
Hana's Suitcase: A True Story, by Karen Levine
April (Lessons in Humanity) --
The World I Live In, by Helen Keller
May (Another World) --
Watership Down, by Richard Adams (980L)
June (From Book to Screen) --
Matilda, by Roald Dahl (840L)
July (Patiotism) --
John Paul Jones:  Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy, by Evan Thomas
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Beginning of the Year Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) Standards and Correspnding Lexile Score Ranges:
Grade Level 6 Standard:  750 - 910
Grade Level 7 Standard:  850 - 975
Grade Level 8 Standard:  900 - 1025
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