Middle School English Event Fosters Love of Reading

Middle School students had the opportunity to sample different books from a variety of genres during the English department’s 2nd Annual Book Tasting event Dec. 11 during class.
Middle School students had the opportunity to sample different books from a variety of genres during the English department’s 2nd Annual Book Tasting event Dec. 11 during class.
 
“With this ‘Book Tasting,’ we are hoping to entice a love of reading and a willingness to explore book choices students might not otherwise consider,” Sixth grade English teacher Andrea Olgesby said.
 
“We find that by offering exposure to different books and making it fun for students to read just an excerpt, students often surprise themselves with what they want to read further.”
 
Eighth grader James Tritt said the event inspired him “not to overlook a book based on the cover or the title.”
 
“Maybe I should go outside my comfort zone,” he said.
 
At the beginning of the Book Tasting, students are seated at tables differentiated by genre. Several books in that genre are available for review. Students reviewed and read excerpts from books, rotating table assignments. They then filled out a “menu” detailing specific information about their book choices.
 
“The goal is simple,” Oglesby said. “We want students to stretch as readers, but more importantly just read.”
 
Students with English classes during B-block will participate Dec. 12.
 
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