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Students Participate in Book Pass

posted Aug 31, 2017, 7:44 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Sep 6, 2017, 6:57 AM ]
Some students love to read, others not so much. And those who do enjoy reading sometimes stick to just one or two types of books. In an effort to not only encourage reading in general but also to motivate students to explore different kinds of materials, the Seneca Middle School Media Center recently hosted a “book pass” for select eighth grade English/Language Arts classes. Students rotated through a series of tables featuring a selection of books in one of eight genres – non-fiction, realistic fiction, sports fiction, mystery/suspense, fantasy/science fiction, historical fiction, graphic novels and action/adventure. At each table they previewed multiple books in the given genre and noted ones they might be willing to try. Media Specialist Sydney Jones said of the book pass, “My hope is that each student will come away with an interest in at least a few new titles they wouldn’t ordinarily have even considered before participating in the exercise.” The activity culminated in the students marking their most and least favorite genres on an interactive panel, color coded by class, giving the students a visual sense of the overall results.