Summer Reading for Teachers, Grades 6–8

College and Career Readiness Text Exemplars: Summer Reading for Teachers

Stories │ Drama │ Poetry │ Informational Texts: English Language ArtsInformational Texts: History/Social Studies


(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 Railrway Train”

Yeats, William Butler. “The Song of Wandering Aengus”

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


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