Book Talk Historical Fiction Genre Activity

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The purpose of these resources is to engage your students in reading through the use of a Book Talk activity. This monthly activity is intended to encourage your students to read books that relate to historical fiction. Students will be asked to respond and reflect to a book (or books) they read related to historical fiction. Students will also complete a project to help encourage others to read the book, which is a key component to Book Talk. Book Talk is proven to improve student success because it is designed to help students find engaging books to read. By carefully selecting high interest books that either you, colleagues, or your students have recommended, students are sure to be highly engaged.

SEE OUR BUNDLE OF ALL 11 BOOK TALK RESOURCES BELOW.

Included in this Resource:

  • Historical Fiction Resource Links and Teacher Tips (3-pages; PDF)
  • Historical Fiction Reading Reflection (1-page; Google Slides™)
  • Historical Fiction Reading Reflection (1-page; PDF)
  • Historical Fiction Book Talk List (4-pages; PDF)
  • Historical Fiction Book Talk Slideshow (16-slides; Google Slides™)
  • Book Talk Q & A (1-page; PDF)*
  • Book Talk Project Choices (1-page; PDF)*
  • Monthly Reading Introduction (1-page; PDF)*
  • Reading & Writing Survey (1-page; Google Slides™)*
  • Reading & Writing Survey (1-page; PDF)*
  • Certificate of Achievement (1-page; 2 per page; PDF)*
  • Student Book Talk Form (1-page; Google Slides™)*
  • Student Book Talk Form (1-page; PDF)*
  • Understanding Lexiles (1-page; PDF)*
  • Books I Want to Read (1-page; PDF)*
  • My Book Log (1-page; PDF)*
  • Classroom Library Checkout Form (1-page; PDF)*

Note: The resources indicated with an asterisk (*) are found in other similar Book Talk resources.

Note: If you purchase more of our Book Talk resources, some of the same book titles may be included as they may fit into different genres/themes.

Why Use this resource?

  • It includes several paperless activities.
  • Several resources are easily accessible using Google Drive™.
  • Your students will work directly on the digital document.
  • It’s a way to integrate technology into instruction.
  • Students are highly engaged in their work.

Downloading Digital Resources:

  1. First off, if you haven’t created a free Google account, you will need to do that before downloading this digital resource. Each student will also need their own account.
  2. You can download the digital resources in the Resource Links and Teacher Tips document.
  3. When you click on the link, you will come to a screen that says “Copy document”. In order to transfer this file to your own Google Drive™ account, click the blue button that says “Make a copy”. Note: If you have several Google Drive accounts with multiple email addresses, make sure you take note which email address is selected in the top right corner of the screen so you can easily find the file in the future.

Helpful Teacher Tips & Ideas:

  1. To begin, these resources are meant to engage your students in reading. Combined with the availability of good literature for your students, your own enthusiasm will go a long way in making this successful. Be positive and upbeat when introducing books to your students.
  2. Reading Focus: Historical Fiction- Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. An essential element of historical fiction is that it is set in the past and pays attention to the manners, social conditions and other details of the depicted period. Students will be asked to read as many books that relate to historical fiction.
  3. Historical Fiction Book Talk Slideshow (Intro)- To help you introduce some books to your students, included with this resource is an Historical Fiction Book Talk Slideshow. This slideshow contains a title page and 15 books that relate to historical fiction. Feel free to use this. You can also delete any slide. Each slide contains the book title, author, number of pages, Lexile level, and a brief synopsis of the book. In addition to the slideshow titles, feel free to share some other historical fiction books that your students would enjoy. It may be helpful to have the book handy while sharing. An internet source may have an engaging synopsis to share as well.
  4. Monthly Reading Introduction (Optional)- Included is a Monthly Reading Introduction (PDF and digital versions). We have created more than enough resources for each month (September-May). Note: This introduction mentions that students are to read at least two books, but you may change this requirement based on the abilities of your students and the fact that books vary in length. If you decide to use the PDF, simply print off a copy and write down the genre/theme focus for each month. If you use the digital version, simply click on the link from the previous page, type in the genre/themes for each month, and share it with your students. A suggested order for the Monthly Reading, if you choose to do one for each month, can be found in the Resource Links and Teacher Tips document.
  5. Historical Fiction Reading Reflection- The Historical Fiction Reading Reflection is something students will share with you at the end of the month. Read through with your students. Both PDF and digital versions are included.
  6. Book Talk- The most important part of the Book Challenge is having students share, in a unique way, about the books they have read. For more information on Book Talk, please refer to the Book Talk Q & A document that is included. For at least one book a student reads, they will need to complete an activity from the Book Talk Project Choices handout. Be sure to read through each choice with your students. One of the choices is the Student Book Talk Form. Both PDF and digital versions are included. Read through this form with your students. Note: It is VERY important that your students do not share with others how a book ends. That is one of the most important components of Book Talk, as Book Talk is intended to pique students’ interest.
  7. Book Talk Sharing- Like what was stated above, the goal is to get students excited about reading all sorts of different types of books. You can decide how you want your students to share the books that they have read and their project choices. This can be done as a whole group or in smaller groups. After a week or so into the month, you may also want to take a few minutes each day for students to share. Or, you can set aside 2-3 project sharing days throughout the month.
  8. First Chapter Fridays (Optional)- One optional way to introduce books is to highlight a favorite book by reading the first chapter out loud to the class each Friday. Another option, instead of reading the first chapter, is to read the summary of the book without sharing the ending- sort of like a cliffhanger. Once again, short internet videos may help with this.
  9. Reading & Writing Survey (Optional)- There are several other documents included in this resource. One of them is the Reading & Writing Survey. This is available in both PDF and digital formats. Use this to gain an understanding of your students’ enjoyment of reading and writing.
  10. Additional Optional Documents- Also included are some other optional documents that may help you and your students. Understanding Lexiles will help explain the Lexile levels of books. Book I Want to Read is intended to help students focus on certain book titles once they are introduced. My Book Log contains a chart for students to write down the books that they have read. The Classroom Library Checkout Form is where students will record any book they checkout from your classroom library. The Certificate of Achievement can be awarded to students who meet the monthly goal.

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