One drawback to shelving fiction by genre is that students can get stuck in their preferred genre and miss out on some really amazing books from other genres. Next semester, I have plans for “Book Tasting” events, in which students sit in tables of four, have four bite-sized samples of foods (made by Mrs. Carlton’s Foods students) lined up in front of them, and four books from varying genres. They sample the first book and food for seven minutes. Then, they switch to the next; repeat. The hope is that students will get hooked on and want to finish books that they may never have given a chance otherwise.
On Friday, I did a trial run with my Information & Society class, only with candy instead of foods. Each book station looked like this:
The tables looked like this:
And students absorbed in reading looked like this:
I asked for feedback since they were my guinea pigs and they reported that:
- They liked the activity
- Many found books that they loved and want to finish reading
- Many found books that they hated and really don’t want to finish
- Seven minutes was just about right to get a taste for the book without getting fidgety
After they read for seven minutes, I gave them two to three minutes to fill this form out for each book to help them remember what they read for later:
I can’t wait to do the full activity with real food on a broader scale!