Sometimes, the hardest part about reading literature is finding a novel in which you are interested and getting motivated to read the first few pages. So many books; so little time. How do you help students learn to decide for themselves how to find that needle in a haystack?
This project helps students determine if that novel they are looking at is right for them.
Take your class on a fieldtrip to the library and have them CATAPULT into Reading! The CATAPULT method allows students to analyze several books in a short amount of time. You can assure your students that somewhere in the (hay)stacks there is a book they are going to love!
This activity takes at least 90 minutes to do well. In the classroom, read over the front page with your students, as well as the example in the worksheet which is filled out. Then, take your students to the library. I like to give bookchats to "sell" students on all sorts of books that may pique their interest. Then, allow them the chance to explore the stacks and find five books that intrigue them. When it is all done and over, students will walk away knowing more about several books, as well as have a book list that will last them the rest of the semester; whenever they are done a novel, they just check their list and find that next special story.