TUCCR Reading Program

TUCCR Program

You are all invited to participate in this 
year's TUCCR Program. 

The TUCCR Program is our school's Community Reading Program.  We would like to invite all administrators, faculty, staff, students, and community members to participate by reading any or all of the community reads which is in our third year of programming.  This is a 5-2-1-0 program.

This year's topic/themes are as follows:  This year's topic is "finding identity."  

Our theme for upper grades is "Identity emerges from who we were, who we are, and who we may become."  For younger elementary grades, the theme is “Who am I?”

The literary focus is Native American literature.

The books we are studying are as follows:



Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin, and Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith, --audio: Audio --Jingle Dress Dancer video: Video --teacher's guide: Guide --discussion questions:Questions Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain --audio: Audio --how to make a dream catcher: Video --download pdf: Book PDF How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac --audio/video: Audio/Videio --pdf: Book PDF --activities: Activities

Grades 2-4: The Rough-faced Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon, --audio/video: Audio/Video --activities and lesson ideas:Activities --Common Core Plans: Plans The Great Ball Game by Joseph Bruchac, --PowerPoint activities: Power Point Activities A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac --audio: Audio --activities: Activities --worksheets: Worksheets

Grade 5: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George --pdf: Book PDF Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac

Grades 6-8:
             Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Grades 9-11: Flight by Sherman Alexie and various poetry

--pdf, free download: Book PDF
--audio, free download: Audio Grade 12: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and various poetry --pdf: Book PDF

You might have noticed that one author is used several times, Joseph Bruchac.  He is a prolific Native American Writer.  MCS is thankful to announce that Mr. Bruchac will be giving presentation during school and hosting book signings and giving a community presentation for everyone to enjoy.  Look for advertisements of the event in January and February and please join us!  

Throughout the year there will be activities that will deal with the novels and stories in this program. If you have ideas or suggestions, please share them with Julene Waffle or Courtney Mackey at school: jwaffle@morriscsd.org or cmackey@morriscsd.org.  

Please see the attached PowerPoint which gives a good overview of the program. 

Spread the word!  Pick up a copy of the book(s) and join us!  Enjoy!

--Julene Waffle, Secondary ELA Teacher

Past topics/books:  

2015-16: "Overcoming obstacles" and "global awareness."  Theme: "How we overcome obstacles shapes who we are" and "one person can make a difference." Wangari's Trees of PeaceA Long Way Gone: Memoirs of Boy Soldier, and A Long Walk to Water.
2016-2017: "Acceptance: We are all Human."  Literary lens: The Holocaust.  The Terrible Things, The Butterfly, Milkweed, Night, The Book Thief.