Objective: Students will be able to participate in a books pass where they can familiarize themselves with a selection of genres and authors without the pressure of committing to one immediately.
Choosing a book to read can be a daunting experience for students. Students are faced with the task of walking into the library, and choosing one book out of the hundreds available.
How are they supposed to know which ones are good, or which one they'll like?
With this engaging Speed Dating with Books activity, students will be able to familiarize themselves with several books without the pressure of having to choose one immediately.
How to use this handout:
1) A visit to the library or Media Center
Take students on a field trip to the library or Media Center, and have them explore different sections of the Media Center on their own, in partners, or in groups.
2) Have students participate in a book pass
Select books you think your students will enjoy. Have all students start the book pass with one book per student. Give the students a certain amount of time with each book. When the time is over, have students pass the book back to the person behind them or in front of them.
3) Use this to introduce genres
Select books that fall under various genres like dystopian, historical fiction, scientific fiction, non-fiction, horror, etc. Place them in a pile on tables or desks. Have students rotate to each table to discover a new genre.