The seventh graders are reading novels in social studies and participating in literature circle discussions. Why read a novel in social studies? Groups are reading different novels that are all set in the 20th or 21st centuries and are all dealing with an important event in history or with an important social issue facing the world today. Today we are all about 3/4 of the way through our novels and are discussing if we would add a new character to the story and what their role would be and what kinds of questions we have about our novels - such as what we don't understand, what we wonder about, surprises in our stories, etc. Many students have been surprised at how interesting their books have been.