Are you looking for a fun way to address all those speaking and listening standards? What about a way to motivate your reluctant readers? Book Talks are perfect! Students are able to practice speaking in front of their peers and they are responsible for answering follow up questions. The “audience” must pay attention so they can ask the follow up questions. Students respond really well to this type of activity and I guarantee it will be a hit in your classroom!
Here’s what’s included:
-Posters on the rules of good speakers and good audience members
-Follow Up Questions and prompts for each student to use after the presentation to ensure a great discussion.
-Planning guides for both fiction and nonfiction books
-Presentation pages for students to write their presentation on. This serves as an accountability tool as well as a guide for them while speaking.
-Peer Reviews for the “audience” to fill out, telling the speaker their strengths and what they need to work on. This is a great lead in for discussing constructive criticism.
Standards for grades 3-8 are included in this resource. The resources covers a wide range of standards depending on the text difficulty and ability level of the student.