Activities for Book Talks

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Book talks are a great way to generate enthusiasm for reading, and they allow students to share books in a way that traditional book reports cannot. Students enjoy creating a "buzz" about their favorite books and making digital presentations to enhance their talks.

Perfect for keeping your 40 book challenge going!

In this ready-to-go lesson, you can easily incorporate book talks into your ELA program and make them a regular classroom event. Monthly challenges help keep the talks interesting and exciting, and challenge all students to think creatively.

If your students aren't ready to create digital presentations, you can use the "note card" instructions for a more traditional talk.

Book talks address standards in oral language, presentation skills, and multimedia formats.

This lesson includes everything you need to start book talks this week!

• Common Core Standards addressed in these activities

• Suggestions on how to use book talks in your classroom

• Extension activities including bulletin board activities, open house suggestions, and ways to improve the quality of the talks

• Monthly book talk challenges

• Student project sheet for how to use note cards to give a book talk

• Student project sheet for elements needed for a book talk using a Power Point or Prezi

• Student presentation tips for creating a better Power Point presentation

• Student “help” page for creating hooks and using analysis questions to delve deeper into the book

• Book Survey Form

• Audience Feedback Form

• Project Rubric

• Project Rubric using monthly challenges

• Book Talk Sign Up Sheets


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.


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