March is here, which means two of my favorite celebrations are happening – March is Reading Month and March Madness.
Both of these are celebrated in my classroom which a student-driven activity that is entering it’s fifth year – Book Bracket.
Book Bracket is a March Madness style single elimination bracket made up of books going head to head in order to crown a champion.
I started this tradition during my teaching internship and students loved it. I continued it into my first job in a small rural middle and high school building and by its third year had become a building wide event. Now in a new building and community, it is back to its roots as a classroom activity.
Regardless of its size and reach, students engage in conversations about books in a meaningful way. They attempt to influence votes with claims, reasoning, warrants; think about books all month long; and work as a community to crown a champion.
Each year has brought nuances and updates, but through and through the process and the creation of Book Bracket has remained consistent. Over the next month, I will be providing an insider’s look into Book Bracket, including:
- Book Bracket Overview (this post)
- The Selection Committee
- Making the Bracket
- Daily Voting
- Student Brackets and Scoring
If there are any elements you are interested in that I have not listed or covered, let me know and I will throw one together.