I REALLY want to try lit circles. I have 6 books sets of high-interest novels. I looked at Laura Candler's site and like some of her ideas. I have some questions for those that use lit circles. Are the kids mature enough to decide for themselves how many chapters to read before the next meeting or should I assign a number of chapters? If so, what is a good number of chapters? How often do you have them meet? I have 31 students so they will be groups of 6 (one 7) That will make 5 groups so if they meet once a week I could attend each group. At least this first try at lit circles that seems like it might be a good idea. Especially since my class is kind of a handful and doesn't work especially well in groups. A lot of strong personalities. Another question, about how long does it take for them to finish the book? I am trying to plan but it is hard when I am not sure of the pacing??? TIA for any tips you can give me!