In my class I try to run my reading groups as discussion groups, mainly because I don't know what else to do with my groups and because all my resources are chapter books. I try to meet with them, discuss what they read, and go over whatever assignment I gave them. I usually assign a chapter or 2 to read, then a short assignment, such as, list the main idea of the chapter, along with 3 supporting details. Here are some of the things I'm struggling with. One, I can't keep up with reading all the books so it is difficult to know if the kids really read what they were supposed to. Also, for the lower groups they need more prompting for their discussion. Two, I always have kids that did not do the assignment or read. I don't know what to do in that case. I still need to meet with the group to stay on track, but if many didn't do the assignment, the discussion is not good. They do not care if they miss recess for not completing the assignment and still continue not to have assignments finished on time. How do other people run 5th grade reading groups, and what do you do in them? How do you keep students on track to complete their assignments? Any help is greatly appreciated!!