Library Media Specialist Crystal Valentin, Middle School English
teachers Jennifer Isik and Briar Falvo, and ENL teacher Caitlin
Castellano collaborated on a summer reading event for all seventh grade
students. In a culminating activity for the school year and to
introduce the required summer reading assignment, a Book Tasting event
in the newly transformed East Rockaway Jr./Sr. High School library was
held. Students experienced a cafe experience, with music playing in the
background, a menu of items to complete and a four-course book feast!
Tablecloths and a sign in the center of each table with the genres of
Realistic Fiction, Biographies, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Fantasy, and
Book Series were displayed. Students rotated after 7-minute intervals
to experience a new genre and selection of books in at least four
courses (Beverage, Appetizer, Entree, Dessert). After 5 minutes of
silent reading, students recorded their thoughts/reactions,
recommendations, and rating level. Students also eagerly shared their
initial predictions and inferences with one another in their groups.
They all left with a bookmark listing their top 3 choices for summer
reading. Students were instructed on how to make an online book request
from their local library to locate their book of choice. Seventh grade
is ready for summer reading! Are you?
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