This week in the library students are taking Scholastic’s Book Genre Personality Quiz.
The quiz consists of seven questions such as what you want to be when you grow up, favorite after-school activity, and thing you’re most afraid of. Your answers determine your recommended genres, and you can receive anywhere from one to three categories of books that you might enjoy, along with a brief description of the genres and the reason they were chosen for you.
I have each student write his/her name on an index card and list the recommended genres. I then collect the cards so that I can provide some reader’s advisory feedback using the quiz results plus what I already know about the students’ reading habits.
While I look through the cards and write down a few recommended titles from our library collection, students use Destiny (our OPAC software) to conduct genre searches and write down any promising results on the To Be Read log sheet in their library folders. I give the index cards back as I finish my recommendations, and students are then free to visit the shelves for check out time. They can choose a book they found in the library catalog, a book I suggested, or something totally unrelated to the genre quiz activity.
Here are two log sheets you can download for your students to use for books they want to read in the future. They both have a column for the title and author of the book. The first one also has a space for a brief summary of the book, while the second one has a column for the book’s genre and for the date finished (should the student actually read the book).