This resource aligns several 5th and 6th grade novels with common core standards. Literature standards in Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity are cited, as well as Reading Standards for Informational Text, phonics and word recognition, writing standards, vocabulary acquisition and use. The novel Allen Jay and the Underground Railroad is one of the novels aligned to common core in this resource. Vocabulary is targeted and standards are cited. Another novel might add writing standards or speaking and listening standards or include poems for compare/contrast and text to self, text or the world connections. Other novels included are: Going West, Love That Dog, Walk Two Moons, and War Horse.