English teachers, how long (time-wise) do your units last? How many different reading assignments are included? My units for novels always last forever. I feel like I am already asking enough of them in terms of how much of the novel to read each week, and I can gurantee they would complain a lot (more) and not read (more often) if I paced the reading and assignments any faster. However, this pace seems to cause each unit to drag on forever. For example, A Tale of Two Cities takes 5-6 weeks, Frankenstein takes about 5. The Hobbit, for a lower grade level, takes almost two months. (We don't necessarily talk about the novel in class every day during that time period-- there are other things to do too.) I guess information that would help would be as follows: 1. How long do you typically give your students to get through a novel? 2. About how many sections do you typically divide it into, if any? (Whole book is due in three weeks? First half of the book is due in two? A chapter a day?) 3. What type of assignments, if any, do you tend to include with your reading requirements, and how often? 4. How much time do you give them in class to read/ read together in class? I always feel like I have to have some sort of assignment due or something every time I ask students to read, because I am afraid that they won't read if there is no grade attached, and I am afraid that the students who do read will feel cheated that they had no way to demonstrate the work they put in. This ends up to be a lot of work and a lot of grading, though, since I tend to divide books up into small sections (a couple/few chapters) and have some sort of assignment for each one. Thanks for sharing answers to any or all of these questions!