We just started a new unit and it is all about book clubs using book series. I have 4 book clubs based on their levels. They will read at least 3 books in the series, and then begin a different series and read at least 3 books in it. All this in 1 month!
When I first saw that the expectation was my students would read so many different books in a short time I didn't think they would ever reach that goal. What I didn't expect, was that 2 of my groups finished their first book in only 2 days of reading! I had my lower readers finish their Julian book and my high kids finish Sarah Plain and Tall. (I wasn't suprised with them, its short and their high!)
I can't wait to see how their understanding of characters builds as they move into the second book tomorrow.