Speed Dating with Books - EB Academics

Grab Your Free Writing Guide

Become an EB Insider Today

Speed Dating with Books

June 3, 2016 2 min read

As we were doing curriculum planning this week for the upcoming school year (yes, really, we’re already thinking about it … crazy, we know!), we came across a great idea from an awesome book called, Literacy and the Common Core (which is a much better read than we thought it would be based on the title (this is our affiliate link)). There we were, judging a book by it’s cover, which, ironically, is what Speed Dating with a Book is all about!

It’s simple. 
  • You line up the desks in your room and place several books from your classroom library on each desk.
  • Students rotate from left to right and get three minutes to go on a “date” with the books in front of them.
  • They can look at the front and back covers, read a page or two, skim the illustrations, etc.
  • At the end of the three minutes, they fill out a card with brief notes on one of the books they “dated.” (We’re talking brief notes here: title of book, positive or negative reaction of the first few pages, and why they want to continue “getting to know the book” if that’s the case.)
  • Students rotate throughout the room until they’ve looked through all the books.
  • When “Speed Dating” is over, each student takes one book home with them and reads the first thirty pages.

Literacy and the Common Core even includes a form for students to complete at home with several questions about the novel. We so wish we had done something like this at the beginning of the year when we first started teaching. Our students often didn’t know what book to pick from the classroom library. Even though we had painstakingly organized our classroom libraries by genre and brightly labeled baskets, “Speed Dating” would have given them more of a chance to find a “just right” book for D.E.A.R. time!

Pin this post for later …
Caitlin

All posts

No Comments

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Hi there! We're two middle school ELA teachers with a mission to share ideas, tips, and tricks for effectively teaching reading and writing in the secondary classroom. We're so happy you stopped by!

Caitlin + Jessica

Your 15 Free Resources Are Waiting!

Immediately receive access to our
Free Resource Library

We promise we won't spam you.

Let’s Connect

Popular Posts

Our Latest Posts

Categories

Instagram

  • Tell me in the comments below 👇🏼 What type of writing do you HATE teaching the most?⁣
⁣
Narratives? Argumentative? Informational? Text-based? ⁣
⁣
ALL OF THEM?!⁣
⁣
So many teachers reach out to us about struggles they face when teaching writing, so know that you are NOT ALONE. ⁣
⁣
All of this to say, I love seeing the success of our EB Teachers with writing in their classrooms like Kate from @kateteaching7and8 who is using so many of our EB Teachers’ Club resources to see amazing results for her students!⁣
⁣
I love what Kate has to say about these lessons, “I really feel like the EB Teachers’ Club has me not only feeling more prepared as I start class each day, but also like I’m increasing my expectations and rigor. The greatest part is the kids are rising to meet the new expectations.” 😍♥️🤗
  • Something that I’ve been thinking about lately as I’ve been doing a lot of personal work to grow and become the best version of myself ...⁣
⁣
I think it’s important for us to remember how we are showing up each day. Whether that’s in the classroom or even at home with family and friends. ⁣
⁣
Who are we being?⁣
⁣
And why are we being that way?⁣
⁣
If there’s something about yourself that you don’t like, first I want you to question why you feel that way and where that belief about yourself comes from. ⁣
⁣
But then I want to encourage you to think about how you could adjust to be the best version of you. ⁣
⁣
I’ll give you an example from myself ... I am VERY high strung. And I have been telling myself this narrative about who I am for forever. My family tells me. My friends tell me. ⁣
⁣
But that’s not who I want to be and that’s now what I want to define me. ⁣
⁣
So I’ve taken a hard look at why I feel this way about myself, and what I can do to alter that narrative and not be high strung. And not be defined in that way. ⁣
⁣
Just some food for thought on a Sunday morning. ⁣
⁣
Feel free to share your thoughts with me ♥️
  • Can I be completely honest for a second?

One thing that I miss about being a classroom teacher (in addition to SO many other things) is dressing up every day 🤷🏼‍♀️ There, I said it 😱

Weird? I don’t know ... maybe, but that’s me.
  • It is very possible that today’s podcast episode will completely contradict a major component of the way you teach literary analysis. 
In the episode, we reveal our third game-changing strategy for teaching evidence-based writing, and we’re asking you to take a breath, suspend judgement for a moment, and allow us to walk you through exactly why we believe in this strategy, even though it goes against the grain. 
Continue listening to the episode here —> ebacademics.com/35
  • One of the biggest mistakes we can make as writing teachers is requiring our students to start their essays with a HOOK. 
With this strategy, students gets STUCK on that first sentence before they can even get a chance to get to the heart of their paper! They end up wasting tons of precious writing time trying to come up with an interesting hook that oftentimes is a stretch. 
Instead, we want to give our students a CLEAR roadmap to begin their essays. One that will give them confidence in their abilities from the get go. One that allows them to quickly move into the meat of their critical analysis, so they can truly show us what they've learned. 
If you've ever taught hook and are ready to try a new, counterintuitive approach that WORKS and gives your students RESULTS, this episode is a MUST listen. 
Head over here to give it a listen --> ebacademics.com/34
  • Double tap if you agree ♥️♥️⁣
⁣
And if you need to call in sick to take a mental health day for yourself. DO IT. Take a day off and go get a pedicure, or go shopping, or go workout!⁣
⁣
Do whatever you need to do to get to the place of your best self. ⁣
⁣
I used to work with a teacher who took a mental health day every month. It was when I first started teaching, and I didn’t get it. Why was she doing that?⁣
⁣
Well, fast forward to a decade in the classroom later, and now I truly see the value and importance of doing that! ⁣
⁣
I know you hear it all the time, but let it sink in ...⁣
⁣
You need to do what’s best for YOU and take care of yourself first. If we aren’t operating from our best selves, then we’re not able to serve anyone the way that we’re capable of. ⁣
⁣
On another note, hope you all enjoyed that extra hour of sleep last night! And if you have young children, I can commiserate. My little guy woke up at 6:30 😂😭🤦🏼‍♀️📸 @dumbosteiner

Follow @ebacademics

×