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.  

Our theme for all grades this year is One Earth: Our Home. The topics of study will be split into three segments over the course of the school year: "Love It" which will focus on nature appreciation in the Fall. During the winter, we will learn about ways to "Defend it" or, in other words, we will learn how to take care of our world and why. And finally, in the Spring, we will "Share it" or show the community how and why we need to care for our environment at our annual academic fair. We are hoping for something new and unusual at the academic fair this year, so keep your eyes our for a special invite.

The books we will be studying this year are as follows:

  • Pk-2: The Lorax by Dr. Suess

  • 3rd: Face to Face with Wolves by Jim Brandenburg

  • 4th: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • 5th: Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
  • 6-8th: Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  • 9-12th: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • College English: Thoreau's Walden and Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe

9-12th will read also read selections from John Burroughs, John Muir, and many other authors IIn addition, Pk-2 will have these classroom selections:

  • The Great Kapok Tree by Mark Melaney
  • Bee & Me by Alison Jay
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
  • Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli
  • Kate Who Tamed the Wind by Liz Gorton Scanlon and Lee White
  • What it Means to Be Green by Rana Diorio
  • Seeds of Change by Jen Cullerton
  • Sea Turtle Scientist by Steven Swinburne
  • One Plastic Bag by Isatou Ceesay

The School library and the Village Library of Morris will also have copies of all the books.

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.
2017-2018: Topic: "Finding identity." Theme: "Who We Were. Who We Are. Who We May Become." 
Thanks to the Animals by Allen Sockabasin, and Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain, How Chipmunk Got His Stripes by Joseph Bruchac, The Rough-faced Girl by Rafe Martin and David Shannon, A Boy Called Slow by Joseph Bruchac, Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac, Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, Flight by Sherman Alexie and various poetry, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie and various poetry.