That’s the tweet that started it all. The Book Brackets for March. I thought it was a cool idea and didn’t think much more of it until my colleague Ben said that he was doing it. That we should all do it. So we are! And now I’m really excited. Let me tell you, it’s not an easy process.
First I created a Google form where students could submit nominations for books. I had them nominate at least three books for the battle.
Next I created a second Google form. This one listed each and every book that was nominated by students. I had the class vote on each book and whether it should be included or not.
Lastly using the view summary of responses feature on Google forms I was able to see a pie chart of votes for each book and select the top 16 books with the most yes votes.
The class was so excited when they saw the poster. They were, of course, buzzing about the match-ups. (Which I had a really hard time doing!) Because I knew that not all of the book were shared reads for the class I decided to have the kids put their argumentative skills to good use. For each book a student volunteered to “speak for” the book. I’m giving them one minute to stand up and persuade their classmates to vote for that book. I can’t wait to see how this plays out this month.