NM APSI Reading List

I think it’s impossible to put a group of Language Arts teachers together and not end up creating some sort of reading list. I’m going to share here what a group mostly middle-grade English teachers came up with.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Grade: 8; Skill: Hero Journey, character archetype

The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Grade: 8; Skill: internal/external conflict, symbolism, literary elements

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Grade: 6; Skill: internal conflict

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Grade: 8/9; Skill: Figurative language, vocabulary, complex sentences, characterization, point of view

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikelson
Grade: 6; Skill: Figurative language, internal/external conflict

Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Grade: 6; Skill: Figurative language

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar
Grade: 8/9; Skill: Literary elements, internal/external conflict

The Ear, The Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Grade: 7/8; Skill: The archetype of the hero’s journey

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Grade: 6; Skill: Figurative language, conflict

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Grade: 7; Skill: Conflict, characterization

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Grade: 8; Skill: internal conflict, allusion

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Grade: 8/9; Skill: Point of view, figurative language, mood, tone

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
Grade: 10; Skill: literary & rhetorical elements

The Oustiders by S.E. Hinton
Grade: 7/8; Skill: Internal/external conflict, theme

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Grade: 6; Skill: Internal/external conflict, figurative language

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