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VocabularySpellingCity has vocabulary word lists based on 6th grade classic literature that is just right for reading instruction in your classroom. As students explore Common Core State Standards literature selections and other 6th grade novels, short stories, and poems, our literature-based vocabulary word lists, free printable worksheets, and other resources support your students' growth and their ability to meet reading comprehension goals.

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6th Grade Books with Free Lists
Book Title Author Type Level Import
Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon Sy Montgomery & Diane Taylor-Snow Non-fiction/Read Aloud   Import
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech Fiction/Story W/4.9/770L Import
A Wrinkle in Time Madeleine L'Engle Fiction/Story W/5.8/740L Import
6th Grade Books with Premium Lists
Book Title Author Type Level Import
Island of the Blue Dolphins Scott O'Dell Fiction/Story V/5.4/1000L Import
The Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss Fiction/Story P/4.8/820L Import
Dragonwings Laurence Yep Fiction/Story W/6.1/870L Import
Old Yeller Fred Gipson Fiction/Story V/5.4/910L Import
The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks Katherine Paterson Fiction/Story P/5.2/930L Import
Jabberwocky Lewis Carroll Fiction/Poetry   Import
The Railway Train Emily Dickinson Fiction/Poetry   Import
Chicago Carl Sandburg Fiction/Poetry   Import
Eleven Sandra Cisneros Fiction/Short Story   Import
The People Could Fly Virginia Hamilton Fiction/Story W/4.3/660L Import
A Poem for My Librarian, Mrs. Long Nikki Giovanni Fiction/Poetry   Import
Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad Ann Petry Non-fiction   Import
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Increasing Vocabulary for Middle School Reading Success

As your students' reading skills mature, they can use grade-appropriate literature to expand their knowledge of the world, explore different cultures and topics, and begin to understand relationships in more sophisticated ways. VocabularySpellingCity's literature lists are carefully chosen to match your students' reading abilities and educational needs. Our interactive games and middle school language arts activities help students understand and acquire vocabulary that conveys new concepts, sophisticated interrelationships, and shades of meaning.

Sixth Grade Short Stories, Novels, and Poetry

VocabularySpellingCity's literature lists help you choose literature for middle school students. Ready-made literature-based lists can be used in conjunction with our many vocabulary and spelling activities. With a VocabularySpellingCity premium membership you can even modify the list of vocabulary words to match your 6th grade language arts curriculum. Use the lists to print activities for middle school students such as our Premium Crossword Puzzle or Word Search. Or engage your students in practice on the computer with middle school language arts online games.

Common Core State Standards for Literature and Language

VocabularySpellingCity's vocabulary word lists include middle school reading and poetry selections from the Common Core State Standards literature list. Using these books, students learn skills that help them meet the requirements for both the Literature standards and the Vocabulary Acquisition and Use standards. For example, students may work to meet reading literature standard RL.6.4. "Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone." as they read. Then, further work with the vocabulary list will provide them greater insight into the meaning, shades of meaning, and use of the words as they complete online and printed activities, using their vocabulary words in the context of meaningful sentences and definitions.

Learning new words with the help of VocabularySpellingCity's online games and activities and printable worksheets will also help sixth graders meet language standards such as this one: "L.6.5. Distinguish among the connotations (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions) (e.g., stingy, scrimping, economical, unwasteful, thrifty)." VocabularySpellingCity's vocabulary practice activities will help your students excell in reading comprehension, communication, and standardized tests.

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