Go beyond basic plot-focused book reports and get your students interested in reading by hearing from their peers! The Book Talk projects included here are a spin on traditional book reports. These projects go beyond the surface-level "summary of the book" type report and ask students to analyze, make text-to-text connections, and cite text evidence. The products students create are completely open-ended and choice-based! Students can make an interactive slide presentation, create a poster, present a video--the only criteria is that they address all the points outlined in the instructions. My students LOVE the freedom to be creative, and their parents love the deeper thinking students do while preparing for their talk.
Instructions and rubrics are provided for the following themes:
- Character Change (fiction; characters changing over time)
- Informational (nonfiction; text features/author's craft)
- Role Models (biography; people who have made a difference)
- Paired Texts (fiction/nonfiction; students choose a text to pair with another)
- Author Study (fiction; students analyze multiple works by one author)
- Video Book Trailer (any genre; students create a video trailer for a book)
Included are six separate PDF files containing a detailed instruction page for students, a grading rubric, and a sign up page you can post in your classroom. The files for the Character Change, Author Study, and Role Models book talks also include lists of suggested titles for your convenience.