Hi, I'm new here! Thanks to all for fostering such a great community! Here is my story. I work at an independent school, so I have complete control over my curriculum. I love it. However, for the 4th year in a row, due to my inability to commit to a grade level (I think I found it this time ... ) I'm redesigning curriculum. This year, I'm teaching 7th Humanities. The social studies portion is Early American, beginning at the age of exploration/1500s ending after the revolution. I largely run reading and writing workshop for language arts, but I do want to teach at least three whole class novels. Possibly four. It would be great if they could fit the themes of "rebellion" or "courage" or the displacement of less powerful peoples, but it isn't altogether necessary. Books I'm seriously considering so far include: My Brother Sam is Dead, Fever 1793, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (just because I want to), Excerpts from: Johnny Tremain and "The Crucible," and I'm moderately considering A Young Patriot and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I'm more interested in excellent literature than okay historical fiction. Does anyone have novel suggestions that you think are perfect for 7th grade? Or that might fit with the themes? I welcome commentary on the above ideas - I haven't read the last two and am really uncertain about Midsummer. Something adventurey or piratey might be fun for the exploration era. (I did Treasure Island with some of these guys last year.) I welcome any thoughts or advice! Thanks!