After many years of teaching reading from grades 7 through 12, I have learned the value of synthesizing research-based strategies to help my students grow as readers WITHOUT killing their love for literature. My goal as an English Language Arts teacher and a librarian is to provide a simple system to have conversations with students using the "5-Star Victory" language that I created to remind my readers that they can direct their own learning. I found this method to be exceptionally helpful with struggling readers as well as honors students who are already achieving high Lexile scores. Giving a SUCCESSFUL book talk helps our students in many ways: accountability, reading for a purpose, contributing to peers &building relationships, developing confidence, a sense of autonomy and demonstration of mastery with practice. After record-breaking ISTEP scores, I am a BELIEVER! I have other resources I am developing under the 5-Star Victory Reader theme and I'd be happy to share them. Please let me know how this works for you and yours. Thank you for ALL you do to make a difference!