Our grading period ends on the 23rd, and I'm supposed to get new students in all my literacy classes. I wanted to change things up a bit. Instead of a 5 minute warm up, I want them to start the class with a 10 minute silent reading activity. This will be good to start the class, as they will settle in quickly. Every 10 weeks I get new groups, and I usually try to vary the content, this quarter we did reading comprehension + vocabulary development, (and analyze certain amendments), grammar, writing, poetry, finishing it all with a couple of movies (focusing on climax and resolution). I feel that I need to include more reading, although I think it has been great to have the variation. I will have the books in class, and the students will journal as they read. We have a teacher service center, where we can check books, etc out from. Some book kits even include guides. I've looked through the list and identified quite a few that I think will be interesting for them (based on the brief description). Which would you feel is the best? My students are all boys, age 16-18, incarcerated. Most of them are Hispanic. Barrio Boy Enrique's Journey Holes I know why the caged bird sings Lost Boy Monster Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglas; an American Slave, Outsiders Raisin in the Sun Twelve Angry men. I wish I could just check out some and read through them, but I don't have the time. The only time I can actually pick up the books is Wednesday, and by that time I need to email and get a response for which books are actually available. Any advice? Also I'm not sure how many pages are in each book. I don't want it to be too thick, I'd like it if they could finish it in a month. Thank you!!