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Old 04-30-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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(Maybe the answer to this question is obvious but I'm new to language arts this year.)

I'd like to read a novel with my class to finish out the year but am worried about not having enough time. How do you pace your novels? I do have several novels that I could choose from so I could choose a shorter one if needed.


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I usually spend 3 weeks on a novel. I also know that the last 3 weeks of school, I'm lucky if I get 2 hours a day in the classroom. Id' go with something short like Love That Dog or The Hundred Dresses or Sadako.
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Your time estimate was very helpful. I have more than five weeks left so I think I'll go for it. I understand what you said about the last weeks and I do want to make sure we aren't rushed. I'm thinking about Summer of the Swans.
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That should work, then. Have fun with it!
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if it's not too late...
Old 05-03-2011, 07:34 PM
 
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If you have the resources (my school has multiple literature sets that are available), put your students in literature circles and have them choose their own text to read. They will be more likely to finish the book because it is something they have chosen to read, not something they are "forced" to read (oh 5th graders - so opinionated!)


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Old 05-04-2011, 03:50 AM
 
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I think pacing depends on the grade level you teach. When I taught 5th, I'd usually plan for about 10 pages per day and try to end at the end of a chapter, if I could (making it a little shorter or longer). In my experience, their listening stamina couldn't make it much past that. If I had a book that I was trying to finish and I needed them to do more than 10 pgs per day, I would read the first 10 aloud and have them finish up the remaining assignment as homework. That was not my first choice for doing things, b/c I felt like it interrupted our story flow (for lack of a better word!), but sometimes you do what you have to do!
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