Good books for 7th Gr. Lit Circles?

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  1. Alisha

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    Hi everyone!

    I am going to do lit circles this year in my 7th grade class and I just wanted to hear what books you use in middle school for lit circles? I'd love to hear any of them, but especially any more recent books that you like using.

    For now I'm just using the books that other teachers on the team have used before for this quarter; they are all good books but some of them (The Red Badge of Courage) the kids inherently think are going to be bad just because they are not new. I want the kids to be really interested in their options for next quarter!

    Thanks, I'm excited to see what you guys are thinking.

    PS I was thinking Rules (Cynthia Lord?), but I'm not sure if that is a little young. I read it with my 5th graders when I student taught.
     
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  3. jsfowler

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    Here are some that I am using this year:

    The Glory Field
    Watson's Go to Birmingham
    Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
    Tangerine
    The Giver
    Nothing But the Truth
    The Westing Game
    Maniac Magee
    M.C. Higgins, the Great
    Freak the Mighty
    To Kill a Mockingbird
     
  4. Alisha

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    Oh thanks, those are some good ones. Whenever I try to sit down and think of a list for myself my brain just goes BLANK!
     
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    I'm using some off the Lone Star Reading list. There are some really interesting books this year. Schooled is our current read aloud and the students are really engaged.

    Dark Water Rising
    Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff
    Brothers, Boyfriends, & Other Criminal Minds
    The Wednesday Wars
    Zen and the Art of Faking It
    Peak
    Breathe: A Ghost Story
     
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    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Johnny Tremaine
    Where the Red Fern Grows
    Number the Stars
    The Summer of my German Soldier
    Kidnapped
    Hatchet
    The Old Man and the Sea
     
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    how do i start a new thread about middle school art classes?

    confused
     
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    I am reading a book right now that I think would be great, though not for the more sensitive kids or conservative families. It's called "Tree Girl" and is about an Indian girl in Guatemala whose village is killed by soldiers one day when she has gone to town. She finds her youngest sister still alive, so they start walking to Mexico to get away from the war. That's about where I'm at right now in the story, but it is very sad and unfortunately it's a true story. The woman who it happened to is very bitter towards the Americans, so it could be controversial in some classrooms, but I think it would be a good book for some 7th graders to read.
     
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    joe, If you haven't found out already, you need to go to Grade Specific Forums>Middle School, and scroll down to the bottom, where you will have the option to start a new thread.

    And by the way people, thanks for the other book options!:)
     
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    I am currently just using the books that the previous teachers have left in the room:

    Bud, not Buddy
    I am Regina
    Ties that Bind, Ties that Break
    A Break with Charity (about salem witch trials)
    A Long Way to Chicago
    Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key

    I don't know too much about some of them, but I know that they were used specifically for lit. circles.... so I let the kids peruse them and choose! :) I will read them all soon.
     
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    Forget about Tree Girl that I posted above. I finished it and I think it's too harsh for 7th graders, but it might be fine for high school kids.
     
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    I'm interested in reading Tree Girl stepka, thanks for the appropriateness warning!
     
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    I used autobiographies to coincide with the autobiography unit they were working on in English. A couple of them also coincided with units they were studying in Geography. Some of the books I used:

    Within Reach: My Everest Story
    Chinese Cinderella
    Boy
    My Life in Dog Years

    Also I used blogging for their discussions instead of the traditional literature circle. The kids LOVED it! One of the comments I heard was "It is like MSN, only we are suppose to be doing it" LOL

    They were also required to do individual and group projects. One of the group projects they could choose from was to create a game based on their book. Let me tell you--some of the games could have been sold to Milton Bradley!
     

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