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"Blind Date" with a book--it's back!

posted Feb 14, 2018, 11:36 AM by Kathleen Finn
If it's Valentine's Day, it's time for a "Blind Date with a Book" in Mrs. Richards' Language Arts 8th grade class.  This activity challenges readers not to judge a book by its cover, but rather by a few well-chosen descriptive phrases touting a book's strong points and appeal.  First,  Mrs. Richards'  students chose a personal favorite  from our library they wanted to  "fix up" with a new reader.  Then they  typed up their list of selling points, which were  affixed to the plain brown paper wrapping up each respective book.   With the books spread out on the library tables, students were given 30 seconds or so to size up each potential "book date", and then go back and make their choice. 

Students took the still-wrapped books back to Mrs. Richards' classroom, where they finally could "meet" their book, face to cover.   The students will follow up in class with some "first impressions", but as they get to "know" their book better, will consider the book's plot, setting, characters, and other aspects of its "personality" more in-depth.