Background info--I am a first year teacher who is teaching 7th grade reading. The teacher before me only used one novel the whole year (Tom Sawyer) and taught the rest of the year out of a textbook. This year, I am trying to get away from the textbook and instead using whole class novels, literature circles, and other reading activities. However, our school is looking to buy new language arts textbooks. The one we are looking at is McDougal Littell Literature. While I do like the textbook and the MANY extras it comes with, I am hesitant to go back to a textbook. Any opinions out there? Who uses novels and who uses textbooks? If you use both, how do you use both in your classroom? I would love to hear from you!!! Thanks!