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My Top Five Books for Close Reading for the Upper Elementary Classroom

My Top Five Books 

for Close Reading for the 

Upper Elementary Classroom

Inside Out and Back Again is a wonderful book
written in free verse 
chronicling Ha's, a ten year old girl, 
journey from war-torn Vietnam to Alabama 
and her problems as a second language learner 
and with bullying.

Wonder is a wonderful book chronicling Auggie's, a young boy born with a facial deformity, journey through school and the adjustments he, his family and his classmates have to make.  There's a movie now too!

The One and Only Ivan is a great book 
on the power of friendship. 
It's a beautiful story about Ivan the gorilla. 
It is told from his point of view in captivity in a circus.

Come with Alice and the White Rabbit 

down the rabbit hole! Experience Wonderland. 

Read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, written in 1865,  chronicling Alice's adventures as she chases a Rabbit down a rabbit hole. You may have seen the movies but you need to read the book!

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures! 

This middle grade novel won the Newbery medal for 2014.  The story is about Flora, a self-described cynic, who witnesses a tragedy/miracle in her neighbor’s backyard. She is able to revive the squirrel and names him Ulysses. The book is very funny but also tackles some serious issues such as divorce, abandonment issues and more. The book is written as part narrative and part graphic novel.

I hope this was helpful.   
Do you need more help?  
Check out my close reading guides!  
I've already chosen the most pivotal parts 
and created the focus questions.  
 It's all done for you to make it easy 
to get deep with the literature. 
Jus click the hyperlinks to go straight there!

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