Sabrina Carnesi Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA
2013 VRC FOR MIDDLE
SCHOOL
VAASL York
Regional
March 22, 2013
You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth
White
While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they're a lot like...
Running Themes:
Uniqueness, being different, aliens, oppression, race,
dystopian, coming-of-age, perfection, euthanasia
Au...
The Summer I Learned to Fly by Diana
Reinhardt
Thirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her mother's
ch...
Author Dana Reinhardt’s Website -
http://danareinhardt.net/
 History of Humboldt Fog Cheese
(His Excellence Lord High)
ht...
It's 1977, and twelve-year-old Ben has recently lost both his
mother and his hearing. He leaves Minnesota for New York Cit...
Book’s Website - http://www.wonderstruckthebook.com/
Author’s
Website -
http://www.t
heinvention
ofhugocabr
et.com/abo
ut_...
In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal
competition to be selected to impersonate t...
Book 2 in the
Ascendance
Trilogy
 Mother/Daughter Discussion Questions – Copy-Paste-Download
http://www.google.com/url?sa...
When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp,
both are overwhelmed by memories from six years ear...
Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy – Paste – Download – page 13: -
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=...
Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his
father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never
cou...
 Storm Chasers on Discovery - http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/storm-chasers
 Stormchasers Showcase - http://www.pbs.or...
Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating
to America in 1996, began a project to dig water
wells in Sudan.
A L...
Click on
picture
below to go
to the
author’s
website:
 Quizlet – A Whole Page of Activities including Flashcards
 http:/...
1968. While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the police
think him to be. He struggles with hi...
The Artic Tern
Author’s
Website:
http://www.h
mhbooks.co
m/schmidt/
 PDF Download: Copy/Paste/Click Download
http://www.g...
Eighth-grader Matt Monroe keeps a journal about his team's football season.
As the fall football season unfolds, the team ...
Written in Journal Form / Good for the
Reluctant Readers / Fast Read / Good Role
Models
Instant
Replay by
Green Bay
Packar...
Ten-year-old Auggie, born with extreme facial abnormalities,
must struggle with the taunting and fear of classmates as he
...
R. J.
Palacio’s
Webpage:
http://rjpalaci
o.com/index.
html
 Links and support in “Kids” Wing’ site
http://suzyred.com/201...
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2013 Virginia Reader's Choice Titles for Middle School

  1. 1. Sabrina Carnesi Crittenden Middle School, Newport News, VA 2013 VRC FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL VAASL York Regional March 22, 2013
  2. 2. You’ll Like It Here (Everybody Does) by Ruth White While Meggie and David Blue are from another planet, they're a lot like Earth kids, with similar hopes and dreams, and can't wait to grow up. BUT they also have GROSSLY UNIQUE qualities, such as blue streaks in their hair that pop up randomly and language skills that sound like nothing on this planet…
  3. 3. Running Themes: Uniqueness, being different, aliens, oppression, race, dystopian, coming-of-age, perfection, euthanasia Author Contact: http://www.rut hwhite.net/ Author’s Website: http://www.sch olastic.com/te achers/contrib utor/ruth-white  Review w/discussion questions - http://libraryladyhylary.blogspot.com/2011/1 1/youll-like-it-here-everybody-does- book.html  Synopsis…The story takes these alien kids, along with their mother and grandfather, by accident, to a far planet in which the society is not only oppressive but hostile to individual freedom. People are kept submissive through drugs and brainwashing. The Blues, who have spent time in free societies recognize the upside-down-ness of this world. They're almost helpless to do anything, but do what they can, plan their escape, and vow to help others Fashion City – Controlled by the Fathe
  4. 4. The Summer I Learned to Fly by Diana Reinhardt Thirteen-year-old Drew starts the summer of 1986 helping in her mother's cheese shop and dreaming about co-worker Nick, but when her widowed mother begins dating, Drew's father's book of lists, her pet rat, and Emmett, a boy on a quest, help her cope.
  5. 5. Author Dana Reinhardt’s Website - http://danareinhardt.net/  History of Humboldt Fog Cheese (His Excellence Lord High) http://laurawerlin.com/american- cheese-corner-happy-birthday- humboldt-fog  Directions for origami paper cranes http://www.wikihow.com/Fold-a- Paper-Crane  The Warwick Cheese Shoppe – Newport News, VA http://www.warwickcheese.com /  Picture and List of Gourmet Cheese types from around the world - http://www.gourmet- food.com/gourmet- cheese/gourmet-cheese- alphabetically-10081.aspx  Mice as pets (how to choose a pet mouse) http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/ careofmice/a/mousecare.htm  Supply and Demand
  6. 6. It's 1977, and twelve-year-old Ben has recently lost both his mother and his hearing. He leaves Minnesota for New York City, hoping to find his long-lost father, and meets Rose, another seeker, on the way Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
  7. 7. Book’s Website - http://www.wonderstruckthebook.com/ Author’s Website - http://www.t heinvention ofhugocabr et.com/abo ut_brian_bi o.htm  Scholastic Site with Virtual Field Trip to the NYC Natural Museum of History based on the book’s storyline - http://www.scholastic.com/teachbrianselznick/assets/video.htm  Animated ASL Site for practice - http://www.scholastic.com/wonderstruck/signs.html  Scholastic Discussion Site w/downloadable guide - http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/amazing-world-brian- selznick-discussion-guide  Book Browse Questions and guide - http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/amazing-world-brian- selznick-discussion-guide  Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy / Paste / Download – page 31: - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd =11&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Flibraries.vermon t.gov%2Fsites%2Flibraries%2Ffiles%2Fcbec%2FDCFBookReviews%2526 Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77 DH2jpy8CTrJGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g
  8. 8. In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king's long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war. One of the orphans is a defiant boy named Sage. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together. The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen The Ascendance Trilogy (Volume 1)
  9. 9. Book 2 in the Ascendance Trilogy  Mother/Daughter Discussion Questions – Copy-Paste-Download http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=we b&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scho lastic.com%2Fmotherdaughterbookclub%2Fpdf%2FScholastic_MDB C_FalsePrinceQA.pdf&ei=dqc_UcjSO8fM2gX3toHgAg&usg=AFQjCN EJ1fRQzWJXb0YiDdGtTMMTFzKn4A&sig2=WN2z2z- cjbc7f2w6lIRFhA&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2I  Goodreads Multiple Choice Quiz http://www.goodreads.com/quizzes/17122-the-false-prince-by- jennifer-a-nielsen  Mixed-Up Files Blog http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/2012/04/false-prince-interview- jennifer-nielsen/
  10. 10. When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra's father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back Hidden by Helen Frost Poet ic
  11. 11. Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy – Paste – Download – page 13: - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja&ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Flibraries.vermont .gov%2Fsites%2Flibraries%2Ffiles%2Fcbec%2FDCFBookReviews%2526Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77DH2jpy8CTrJGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g Author’s Website http://www.h elenfrost.net/ item.php?po stid=23  Haywood Union is a site filled with loads of study guides for middle school titles, arranged alphabetically by author’s last name https://sites.google.com/a/harwood.org /2012-2013-dcf/home/frost-helen- hidden  Lee B. Hopkins Poetry Award Teaching Toolbox http://leebennetthopkinsaward.blogspo t.com/2012/02/2012-honor-book- hidden.html Coming Soon--July, 2013
  12. 12. Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida. Storm Runners by Roland Smith
  13. 13.  Storm Chasers on Discovery - http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/storm-chasers  Stormchasers Showcase - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/imax/stormchasers.html  33 page guide on author’s curriculum page. http://www.rolandsmith.com/curriculum.php  Natural Disasters Requirements for effective Public Service Announcements Copy/Paste/Download http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=8&ved=0 CIIBEBYwBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fchs.smuhsd.org%2Fbigue%2Fart_of_video%2Fi ndex%2Fdocs%2Fpsa_project.doc&ei=yXNDUcmrIuvi4AOtv4DgCA&usg=AFQjCNG 8vSjaVYBuswPQkR7cZVdTOqbF5g&sig2=K2- lsHvSlRQMEiLVQLA5UA&bvm=bv.43828540,d.dmQ  Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy / Paste / Download – page 36: - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=11&cad=r ja&ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Flibraries.vermont.gov%2Fsites%2Flib raries%2Ffiles%2Fcbec%2FDCFBookReviews%2526Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77DH2jpy8C TrJGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g Roland Smith’s Website
  14. 14. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  15. 15. Click on picture below to go to the author’s website:  Quizlet – A Whole Page of Activities including Flashcards  http://quizlet.com/subject/a-long-walk-to-water/  Sedgwick Library Media Center Learning Commons – West Hartford, CT - Resources for School-wide Reading  http://blog.whps.org/sedgwicklibrary/a-long-walk-to-water/  http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-f=1_6064066&N-fa=5304765&N- p=55744582&N-play=0&N-s=1_6064066&N-u=1_669715  University of Grassland Press Teacher Notes (pdf Download – copy/paste link /click for download) This is a middle school in Australia  http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=w eb&cd=1&ved=0CDUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uqp.uq.edu.a u%2Fskins%2Fuqp%2F_uploads%2FTeachersNotes%2FA%2520Long %2520Walk%2520to%2520Water.pdf&ei=4M8_UYmZC8iu2AWE6 YCQBQ&usg=AFQjCNHoTDqVNJgHGzgRAgshLVRWR7X6aQ&sig2=I 7x9ylmszM8_qV2tpZN6jg&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2I Click on the picture to go to the Water for South Sudan site./
  16. 16. 1968. While Doug struggles to be more than the thug that his teachers and the police think him to be. He struggles with his family problems, a dad who is abusive, a brother who is a bully. Doug also has an older brother Lucas, who returns from Vietnam a different person. Despite all this Doug learns that he can rise above his home situation and still have a future, especially when he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, as they explore John James Audubon's art. Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  17. 17. The Artic Tern Author’s Website: http://www.h mhbooks.co m/schmidt/  PDF Download: Copy/Paste/Click Download http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0C DUQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hmhbooks.com%2Fschmidt%2FOkayForNow- educatorsguide.pdf&ei=6NI_Ue2FEsej2QXM54CgDA&usg=AFQjCNEVztDGkZ5sU2rIy _kF27HKn6a_yA&sig2=mhurcu8H82p2anLkedpLMA&bvm=bv.43287494,d.b2I  Publisher’s Study Guide for Educators http://www.teachervision.fen.com/literature-guide/printable/69858.html  Allen Public Library Discussion Questions http://www.allenfriends.org/allenreads20122013/okayfornowdiscussion.html  King’s Wing Website http://suzyred.com/2012-Okay-for-Now.html  The National Audubon Society http://www.audubon.org/john-james-audubon  Apollo 11  http://www.kidport.com/reflib/science/moonlanding/moonlanding.htm  Vermont Department of Libraries – Copy / Paste / Download – page 30: - http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=11&cad=rja &ved=0CDIQFjAAOAo&url=http%3A%2F%2Flibraries.vermont.gov%2Fsites%2Flibrarie s%2Ffiles%2Fcbec%2FDCFBookReviews%2526Questions12- 13.pdf&ei=QMJAUZSdDqTb0wGrmoCYDw&usg=AFQjCNGUqEyhisK0p77DH2jpy8CTr JGNWA&sig2=BEKNqmOWAgDcmjEkNaT89g John James Audubon The Apollo 11 Crew Joe Pepitone Prof. Gary D. Schmidt
  18. 18. Eighth-grader Matt Monroe keeps a journal about his team's football season. As the fall football season unfolds, the team has more than its share of surprises and unexpected challenges, as well as plenty of victories and upsets on and off the field - all of which Matt records and analyzes in a journal he keeps for his English class. By the last kickoff of the season, Matt has learned that a team is only as good as the sum of its parts and that playing together is the only way to win. Quarterback Season by Fred Bowen The Fred Bowen Sports Story Series
  19. 19. Written in Journal Form / Good for the Reluctant Readers / Fast Read / Good Role Models Instant Replay by Green Bay Packard Jerry Kramer  4-page Study Guide that connects to Common Core Standards QB Season Writing Lessons - Fred Bowen  Author’s Website http://www.fredbowen.com  Green Bay Packard Jerry Kramer’s Diary, as mentioned in the story, Instant Replay (1968) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2G DF5uTQjc  Integrity Book Blog feedback http://integritybooksforboys.blogspot.co m/2011/11/quarterback-season-by-fred- bowen.html
  20. 20. Ten-year-old Auggie, born with extreme facial abnormalities, must struggle with the taunting and fear of classmates as he enters a private school in Manhattan in an attempt to live a normal life. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  21. 21. R. J. Palacio’s Webpage: http://rjpalaci o.com/index. html  Links and support in “Kids” Wing’ site http://suzyred.com/2013_Wonder.html  From author’s site http://rjpalacio.com/for-teachers.html  Literacy Midsouth Organization http://www.literacymidsouth.org/our-programs/reading- campaign/discuss-the-book/  Random House Guide – download - /url?sa=t&rct=j&q=wonder%20discussion%20questions&source=web&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDQQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww. randomhouse.com%2Fteachers%2Fwp- content%2F%2Fuploads%2F2012%2F05%2FWonder_EG_WEB.pdf&ei=BstIUaOzLtG14APe24CIBA&usg=AFQjCNE7i8CPr7Y- SxztA3ZFuHVg_75x6A  Discussion Questions on About. http://bestsellers.about.com/od/bookclubquestions/a/Won der-By-R-J-Palacio.htm  Take the Choose Kind Pledge Now! Auggieisms “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world."
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