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Student-led book talks are a great way for students to share books they love with the class while also practicing oral presentation skills. At the same time, the students in the audience can learn about new books, authors and genres to help build a reading community and develop students' love of great books.
When giving a book talk students will share a book they enjoyed with the class to encourage other students to read the book next. It is similar to a book preview or advertisement. A great book talk will tell what the book is about and why students should read it without giving away the ending or spoiling any surprises in the book.
This product includes a variety of resources to make book talks work in your classroom. This can be adapted for use with any grade level and can be used for voluntary student-led book talks or assigning book talks as a way to assess independent reading comprehension.
This Book Talk Resource Kit includes:
★"I'm Ready to Give a Book Talk" Forms: A quick and easy form for students to fill out when they have finished a great book and would like to give a book talk to the class. There are 4 versions (full page, half page, quarter page, bookmarks), each included in color and black & white.
★Book Talk Planning Pages: These help students prepare for their book talk and guide them through writing each part of the book talk. There are 2 versions: a version for younger students with sentence stems for more guidance and a version for older students without sentence stems. This version can be used with the student checklist to remind students what to include in each part. Each version is included in color and black & white.
★Book Talk Student Checklist: This reminds students of everything they need to include in their book talk presentation. It is also great for teaching students how to give a book talk at the beginning of the year. It is included in color and black & white.
★Book Talk Rubrics: There is a general book talk rubric, one for fiction, and one for nonfiction. Each rubric is included in a full page and half page version as well as with a choice of 1-4 or 0-3 rating scale. The rubrics are in black & white only.
★Score Sheets: These score sheets will help you keep track of students who have given a book talk and their scores. Since students will be giving book talks throughout the term or year, this will help ensure everyone gets a chance to share a book they loved.
★Example Book Talk Planning Page: Use this example book talk to help your students understand the book talk expectations.