I just finished my first year teaching middle school, and have so many things I want to adjust/fix for next year. One is how I structure my reading class. We are required to teach certain novels, so I can't teach Daily 5 like I did when I was teaching elementary grades. This past year I did do a unit on lit. circles. I also gave them one final project where they had A LOT of choice. However, I'm struggling with new ideas for "teaching" the novels themselves. I don't like constantly assigning questions or vocab, but I find with middle school I need some way to keep them "honest", or they won't do the required reading. Suggestions?