This is an activity that my mentor teacher introduced to me during my student teaching year. She does it with her English students every year, and they always love it!
This is a great activity for a Friday when you really need time to grade papers (or catch up on all of the other never-ending teacher responsibilities!).
1. At LEAST one day prior, let students know that they will need to bring in one of their favorite novels on the day of your planned Book Pass. Assume that at least half of them will forget to bring in a novel. To remedy this, you can either take them as a class to the school library to check out books, or you could bring in a bunch of your own books to supplement the missing ones. You will need one book per student. Ideally, they should all be different, but sometimes students bring in the same novel (which is okay.)
2. On the day of the Book Pass, hand out this sheet to each student. Tell students to pass the book that they brought in in the direction you choose (it works best to do it by rows... either pass to the person behind you or to your right). Each student should now have a new book (hopefully one they have never read before!) Tell them to record the title and author of the book they have in their hands. Then, instruct them to read the book silently for 5 minutes. You will need to time this!
3. After the 5 minutes is up, tell them to put a check on their sheet next to the book: Would they be interested in continuing to read this, or no? Then, pass the books again and repeat. By the end of the hour, students will (ideally!) have a list of books that might want to read independently!
It's really refreshing to see students sharing their favorite novels with others and getting excited about reading. I hope this activity works as well for you and it does for me! Let me know how it goes :)
Keywords: book pass; independent reading; novel; lesson plan; silent reading; young adult fiction