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With over 18,000
books in the Kelvin Library (almost 4,000 items in Fiction alone – in English,
French and Spanish), how can one possibly choose what to read? How about a Book
Buffet? Ms. Rachel Wall, with the help of Teacher-Librarian Mrs. Alice Osborne,
presented her Grades 9 and 12 English classes with a unique way of selecting
books for their independent reading assignments.
selected books representative of several literary genres. Students spent a few
minutes at each table in rotation to look at several books. The students
determined the genre, read a page from at least one book, and determined the
interest and difficulty levels based on the cover and reading one page. The
“mystery” genres were revealed at the end of the class and students chose a
book to borrow from the Library. Piloted experimentally in Ms. Wall’s Grade 9
classes, the assignment now includes Grade 12 Literary and Transactional Forms
classes. The assignment will be extended to include non-fiction selections
beyond the biography/personal memoir category. This fall, Ms. Krista DeVos and
Ms. Andrea Murray expanded the assignment to include Grade 11 classes.
Ms. Kim Brown
approached the book selection dilemma with Book Speed-dating. Students browsed
tables of books to choose one they would like to “date”.
The Book Buffet/Speed-dating
assignments exposed students to genres and authors they might not have thought
to look at before, and gave them a more directed method of choosing a book
other than aimlessly browsing the shelves.
in Kelvin’s Library increased by 19% last year. Initiatives like these projects
help encourage students to develop and extend their leisure reading habits.