College and Career Readiness Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers

Summer Reading for Teachers, Grades 6–8

Stories │ Drama │ Poetry │ Informational Texts: English Language ArtsInformational Texts: History/Social Studies Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects


(L) – Lesson │ (W) – Website │ (B) – Blog │ (P) – Prezi │
(F) – Feature, Magazine Feature │ (I) – Interactive, Launchpad │ (V) – Video


Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women

Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

L’Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time


Goodrich, Frances and Albert Hackett. The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play


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Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “Paul Revere’s Ride”

Whitman,Walt. “O Captain! My Captain”

Carroll, Lewis. “Jabberwocky”

Dickinson, Emily. “The Railroad Train”

Frost, Robert. “The Road Not Taken”

Sandburg, Carl. “Chicago”

Hughes, Langston. “I, Too, Sing America”

Neruda, Pablo. “The Book of Questions”

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Informational Texts: English Language Arts

Adams, John. “Letter on Thomas Jefferson [about the Declaration of Independence]”

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Churchill, Winston. “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat: Address to Parliament on May 13th, 1940.”

Informational Texts: History/Social Studies

United States. Preamble and First Amendment to the United States Constitution (1787, 1791)

Monk, Linda. “Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution”

Freedman, Russell. Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics,
and Technical Subjects

Macaulay, David. Cathedral: The Story of its Construction


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