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Middle School SpringBoard
Author
Required Novels by Grade Level
Resources
Louis Sachar
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Grade 6
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Holes
1999 Newberry Award Medal winner
Teacher Resources

Student Links

Small Steps - Holes Sequel
Edward Bloor
Florida Author
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Grade 7
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Tangerine
ALA Top Ten
Best Books for Young Adults
Teacher Resources

Student Links

Lois Lowry

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Grade 8
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The Giver
1994 Newberry Award Medal winner


Teacher Resources

Student Links

Unit Themes
Level I - 6th Grade
Suggested Texts/Materials

Support Materials
Unit 1 - Changes in Me
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.
"Eleven" by Sandra Cisneros
"How Fire Came to the Six Nations" Black Elk
"The Disobedient Child"  by Victor Montejo
Unit 2 - Changes in My World
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

"*Toy Story directed by John Lasseter
*Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery





*The Lion King directed by Rob Minkoff
"Millionaire Miser"  Aaron Shepard
Unit 3 - Changes in Self Perception
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Mighty directed by Peter Chelsom

Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers

Holes  - See Required Novels section
Unit 4 - Measuring Changes in Me
Introduces no new texts
Unit 5 - Changing Times and Places
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.
Big directed by Penny Marshall
Back to the Future directed by Peter Zemeckis
"I Beg of You, Chung Tzu "  -  Arthur Waley
'Rip Van Winkle" by Washington Irving
 
Unit 6 - The Challenge of Change
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

"Blind Men and the Elephant" by John S. Saxe

"Just Around the Riverbend " Disney's Song

8252008_115140_0.jpgDragonwings by Laurence Yep
8252008_120744_2.jpgIsland of the Blue Dolphins

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Unit Themes
Level II - 7th Grade
Suggested Texts/Materials

Support Materials
Unit 1 - The Choices We Make
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
"Choices"  Nikki Giovanni

"The Road Not Taken"  Robert Frost


Cool Runnings Directed by Jon Turteltaub
"Phaethon" a Greek Myth
Unit 2 - How We Choose to Act
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.


Hook directed by Steven Spielberg
"Driving to Town Late to Mail a Letter"

"Choices" by Nikki Giovanni

"The Road Not Taken" Robert Frost


"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"  Frost

"This is Just to Say" William Carlos Williams

"Casey at the Bat" Ernest Lawrence Thayer

"A Note from Miss Kelly" Robert Newton Peck
Unit 3 - What Influences My Choices
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.
Spider-Man directed by Sm Raimi


Unit 4 - Choices in My Learning
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.


Introduces no new texts
Unit 5 - Our Choices and Life's Lessons
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor
The Sandlot directed by David Mickey Evans
"To an Athlete Dying young" A. E. Housman
Tangerine - See Required Novels
Unit 6 - Our Choices and Life's Challenges
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.


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11112008_73647_0.jpgJulie of the Wolves by Jean C.George
11112008_75528_1.jpgCall of the wild by Jack London
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Unit Themes
Level III - 8th Grade
Suggested Texts/Materials

Support Materials
Unit 1:  The challenge of Herosim
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

"Heroes" by David Bowie
October Sky directed by Joe Johnson
"If I can Stop One Heart from Breaking" Emily Dickinson
"Oh Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman

"Frederick Douglas" by Robert Hayden

Holes, directed by Andrew Davis
Mulan, directed by Tony Bancroft
Holes - See required novels
Unit 2:  The challenge of Society
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

Ever After directed by Andy Tennant

Utopia by Thomas More

The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Giver - See Required Novels
Unit 3:  Reflecting on Challenges
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

Student Created Texts
Unit 4:  Real-Life Challenges
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

"Jester: Put Your Money Where Your Fans Are" by Michael Lupinacci
"Uniformity" anonymous
"A Blessing in Disguise" anonymous
"At School, Boys Still Get Called on More" by Jillian Mincer
"President Bush Leads Push to Outlaw Clone Research" by Maggie Fox
Various biographies and autobiographies
Unit 5:  The challenge of Commedy
Suggested Texts /Materials are included in the Springboard Teacher's manual unless there is an * placed in front of the title.

Jerry Seinfeld: "I'm Telling You for the Last time" directed by Marty Callner
Crocodile Dundee II directed by John Cornell
Back to the Future Part III by Robert Zemeckis
Twins directed by Ivan Reitman
Spider-Man directed by Sam Raimi
Dumb and Dumber directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly
Monsters, Inc. directed by Peter Docter
"The Celebrated Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County" by Mark Twain
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
A Midsummer Night's Dream films


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