Order class sets of novels for the future. Remember, we likely don’t want to teach novels in the 1st 9 weeks because kids deserve the chance to read from many different authors and many different genres at the beginning of the year in order to whet their appetites for independent reading.
Plan to teach a novel or a play sometime after the 1st 9 weeks, and make sure that you have read the text in its entirety before starting to teach it. Also, co-plan! Solo-planning a novel is exhausting.
Consult Appendix B of the Common Core to find lots of recommended longer text including plays for each grade level band.
If you learn that your school has no money for ELA-ness, then you can still access the above for your students if you get creative:
Ask a local business or a business from your hometown to sponsor a subscription to any of the above periodicals. A law firm from my hometown bought the subscription for my classroom. (Franzen, ’07)
Order books from First Book! They are free or very, very cheap.
Build a relationship with the local newspaper to get free copies of the newspaper for your classroom library.