Book Talks - Presenting and Writing Book Talks

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Brain Waves Instruction
Grade Levels
4th - 7th
Resource Type
Formats Included
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10 pages
Brain Waves Instruction


Book talks are a wonderful way for students to demonstrate their understanding of books they read while practicing their writing and speaking skills. The resources in this free book talk product are designed to help students create the most engaging and comprehensive book talks possible. The book talk resources can be used as a book report or book review!

Book Talks - Student Resources:

  • Book Talk Overview – Provides students with background information on book talks, how to complete a book talk, what to include in a book talk, and includes a sample book talk.
  • Book Talk Pre-Write – Step-by-step guide to help students plan and begin writing their book talks.
  • Book Talk Final Copy – Page for students to write their book talk final copy. Includes reminders for book talk elements and ideas for “jazzing up” book talks.
  • Presenting A Book Talk – Guided notes on presenting a book talk.

Book Talks - Teacher Resources:

  • Presenting A Book Talk – KEY
  • Rubric

BONUS Materials:

Great news! There are two sets of bonus freebies in this download. You'll find a set of Daily Doodle Vocabulary Tasks and 3 This or That Daily Warm-Ups inside!

FYI: The resources in this freebie are also in the Independent Reading Program. The Independent Reading Program is a 6-week program where students read self-selected books and complete 8 assignments to demonstrate and develop their comprehension and reading skills. Over the course of six weeks students will complete a Pre-Read, Journal Entry, Reading Strategy Graphic Organizer, Final Response and Book Talk. All assignments are designed to be glued into or completed in a steno notebook. Click here to learn all about it.

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Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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