As a middle grade/middle school teacher, parents typically want ideas for how to help their struggling readers. That's tricky, because I just want to say, "Read! Read! Read!" But I know they might need more direction. I made this hand-out and posted it, along with book recommendation lists, as a FREEBIE in my store for you to use too! Link in profile.
Literature circles are a great way to get students grappling with the text. It is important to let students lead the discussion. Ideas for implementing a good literature circle are found on this website.