This is a fantastic resource which includes 14 lesson plans to introduce literature circles into your Language program. With PowerPoints, individual lesson plans, recording sheets, student sheets, and rubrics, you will be well on your way to setting up your literature circle program.
Orca Currents is a hi/lo book series from Orca Books Publisher that is for students aged 10-14 years old (Grade 7/8) who are reading at a 2.0-4.5 level. Each book in this series is fiction, with a high interest storyline and low vocabulary to allow students to be engaged in their reading while practicing their comprehension skills. Even my most reluctant readers could be enticed with the Orca series. Other series of interest published by Orca Books include: Orca Sports and Orca Soundings.
HIP Jr. is a hi/lo book series from HIP Books for students in Grade 3-7 who are reading at level 2.0-2.4. These are fiction books that are high interest and low vocabulary to allow students to practice their comprehension skills. My students enjoyed them.
A great blog discussing the importance of guided reading in the middle grades. Some tools to add to your tool kit include: a guided reading/literature circle scheduling sheet, literature circle recording sheet, Common Core Guided Reading task cards, and a guided reading task card sheet are included. If you're wanting to incorporate guided reading into your middle grade classroom but aren't sure where to start this resource will get you up and running.
I have a copy of this in the front of my Guided Reading binder. It's a great reference sheet to keep handy when you're assessing your students to determine what their easy, instructional and hard reading levels are, according to Fountas and Pinnel's Benchmark Assessment System.
This webinar addresses strategies to get students to grade level reading proficiency, while increasing their comprehension and engagement. As a middle school teacher who has taught students who were reading several grade levels below this webinar was a lifeline and encouraged me to keep pushing forward with my reading interventions for these struggling students.