We want a person to have something in common with us, and we want a date to be interesting.
Similarly, we want a book to be interesting, and often we want to read about subjects or settings that are familiar to us.
This results in their making an informed choice before they check out the book, and the book they choose will be one they enjoy reading.
PROCEDURE: When students come in, I have them stand in a group away from the tables and begin by asking who is familiar with speed dating (sometimes, even freshmen have done speed dating! I give a short explanation, then tell them that, although it might surprise them, choosing a book is really a lot like choosing someone to date.
One of the first questions that I've got from other teachers about this activity has to do with the books themselves. Looking at my classroom library and what my students have been gravitating toward the past few years, I established "menus" for each table featuring a different genre.
I have seven tables around my room, each featuring a different genre - realistic fiction, historical fiction, dystopian novels, poetry, graphic novels, self-help, and creative nonfiction.
I ask the girls to have a seat first, spacing them out so that there are no more than two per table. This is to ensure that there is an adequate variety of books that will appeal to both genders at each table. As the activity progresses, I watch that students read and engage with the books.
Sometimes, after a few “dates,” I see that a student does not appear to be interested in any of the choices.
” It made me smile to hear a senior boy pass by and say those words as I was setting up the decorations for a group of freshmen.These titles work well for us, but be sure to include books that are most appealing to the students at your school.24 Girls in 7 Days by Alex Bradley Acceleration by Graham Mc Namee The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson Any books by Sarah Dessen Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod (series) by Heather Brewer City of Bones by Cassandra Claire Crackback by John Coy The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan Hanging on to Max by Margaret Bechard Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Invisible by Pete Hautman It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini Kimani Tru (series) by various authors Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith Looking for Alaska by John Greene The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan Scribbler of Dreams by Mary Pearson Shattering Glass by Gail Giles Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar Soldier Boys by Dean Hughes Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher Whatever Happened to Cass Mc Bride by Gail Giles Tish Carpinelli, MLS, is a media specialist at Lower Cape May Regional High School.She earned her master’s degree in school and public librarianship at Rowan University and has written several articles for Library Media Connection.When she is not managing the Media Center, 3D printing, or reading, she tends to her herd of seventeen alpacas.