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What's a "Blind Date with a Book?"

posted Mar 31, 2016, 1:04 PM by Saint Francis Xavier School Information   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 9:57 AM ]

A "Blind Date with a Book" challenges readers not to judge a book by its cover, but rather by a few well-chosen phrases touting the book's strong points and appeal. Recently Mrs. Richards, Middle School Language Arts teacher, collaborated with Mrs. Finn on this project for the 8th grade, each of whom chose a favorite book to promote incognito to their classmates.  The students typed up their selling points in 4-5 bullet points, which Mrs. Finn then 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.   A student noted as the class tore open the wrapping paper,  "It's like Christmas morning!" 

How successful were these "blind dates"?  Like the human version, results varied....but skewed positive, in this case!