Reading is a significant element in 6th grade at St. James. We're currently reading Gary Paulson's Lawn Boy. It's a story about a 12-year-old boy who begins mowing lawns for extra money, and ends up creating a diversified and quite successful business. Not only is it an enjoyable read, it is also a wonderful tool for studying business, economics, and the stock market.
We read novels as a class, as well as independently read other fiction and non-fiction books. As a class, we have read Tuck Everlasting, Hatchet, and a modern adaptation of Ben Hur, in addition to Lawn Boy. We've read several of O.Henry's short stories, including "Gift of the Magi", "The Last Leaf", and "Spring a la Carte". A favorite genre of my class was Greek and Roman myths, and we're looking forward to reading and writing some excellent poetry in April.
We love reading in 6th grade!