Our B.O.E. has been working on plans to incorporate more reading into our courses. Although our ELA scores have been high the past few years, a plan to continue such excellence is being worked out. Though I agree with this (and very much approve and support it), I have been told that the textbook will be used more frequentely in social studies. I have never used the textbook that often. In fact I didn't hand them out until October. They are purely there for project resource, nothing else. But under the new plan, all s.s. teachers are encouraged to incorporate daily reading assignments (by using the textbook). The textbooks we use are good ones, but I figure if I can teach the class without them, why not? So I'm wondering how I should go about doing book work (bleh). I will still give out my old reading packets as well. (For each unit, I normally have primary/secondary source readings, short paragraph readings, and excerpts.) I HATE using the textbook. Therefore, I'm thinking that if I assign a "Preview" assingment on Monday and a "Wrap Up" assignment on Friday that would work. In other words, students would read on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and then write a summary/reflection type thing on Friday. As to how many pages they read per night is up to them. However, I'm afraid that they won't space it out as I want them to. Any suggestions??