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Use this activity at the beginning of the school year (or any time!) to help students find ideas from their peers about new things to read. Students identify what type of readers they see themselves as and give a brief analysis of that self-assessment. Then, students practice the skill of summarizing to show you they understand the book they read. They can also use that summary when they are doing the actual "Speed Dating" activity.
When I do this activity, I set up the desks in two rows (usually a few groups around the room) and put a timer on the board. I give students a minute and a half (or one minute or two minutes - you can change the time depending on your group's abilities/needs), ONE of the partners talks about their book for that whole period of time. I tell them they MUST use all the time to continue explaining their book or what they liked about it. It helps to have some guiding questions also on the board to help them know what to discuss. When the timer goes off, the partners switch and the other person repeats the activity with the same instructions. Then we rotate until the chart is full or we run out of time.