You just weeded a bunch of low-circulation books from your Fiction area. Now what? This fun 2-visit Library Lesson gives a purposeful review of these books with their core audience--the students!
The first Library visit allows students to act as Literary Agents and learn how an author submits a book proposal. Students use weeded books to look at simulated queries, synopses, and page submissions to decide if they want to read a "manuscript." They choose a weeded book “manuscript” to read for the next visit.
At the second visit, students continue to act as Literary Agents and decide if a "manuscript" becomes a published book. Those who loved their “manuscript” create a book blurb, a book review, or an inviting book cover to "sell" their book to a publisher. Students who loathed their “manuscript” and reject it for publishing will help the School Librarian process weeded books for discard.
Designed for active 7th graders, the first library visit reinforces the process students learned in 6th grade for choosing a good book to read (see my 6g Library Orientation Lesson!) while offering a real-world application for the process. The second library visit provides a service-oriented activity to engage 7th graders in community-mindedness.