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This video is part of the teacher tip series, “How to Create Book Hype,” wherein I discuss how to increase the love around choice reading by doing Book Speed Dating in class with your students.
This activity can be modified for at any grade level, even though we compare it to the high school dating scene of checkin’ out potential love interests.
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.
We want a person to have something in common with us, and we want a date to be interesting.
If I want them to speed date with all of the books, like on the first day of class, I have the kids pull books themselves, but I ask them to grab a specific blend of genres.
After reading how other media specialists set up their programs, I came up with a plan that works well in my library.
With some modifications, I have used this basic procedure with all grade levels, from freshmen to seniors, from resource classes to advanced placement students.
At this point, students are starting to understand that dating and choosing a book aren’t so different.
AFTER THE INTRODUCTION, BRIEFLY EXPLAIN THE ACTIVITY: After the introduction to the activity, I allow students to find seats at the date tables.