It's not often I come on here and ask for help but, literally I have come to a stand still. I am currently updating the year 8 curriculum map and one of the units that they will be studying is "the birth of the children's novel" in Victorian Literature. I am thinking of setting this unit as an independent one. Classes will have one short text to study as a class. Then what they have learned in the classroom, they will apply to another text of their choice as part of the independent component. I am HoD, but I do not teach KS3 and despite having taught year 9 this academic year just gone, I haven't taught year 8 in 5-6 years and it has been over a decade since I've taught independent reading as my previous school didn't do it. What I need help on is setting the classroom texts as well as the list of them to choice from. We go by sets and I still need something that isn't very long - as we all know, Victorian texts can be pretty lengthy. The following are the usual level patterns we see in each set so I'd be grateful if you could nominate a few texts based on the levels. (I did the levels from bottom to top): Set 1: 6c-a Set 2: 5b-6c Set 3: 4c-5c Set 4: 3c-3a I did teach Alice Adventure's into Wonderland with year 9 second set and a few didn't connect to it as I would've liked, they seemed to find it relatively straightfoward. I was thinking of using it for year 8 top set. Any thoughts on this?