Book talks are a great way to facilitate greater meaning and purpose for students engaging in silent reading. The idea behind book talks is that students read an independent novel during silent reading which they will present to the class at a predetermined date. The book talk has specific questions to go along with it so that students’ responses are somewhat organized and uniform. Also, this is an excellent way to have students practice their public speaking skills.
This package includes teacher instructions for the set-up of book talks, and information on what to do during them, answers to frequently asked questions (by students), a student handout on book talks, a rubric, a book talk sign-up sheet, public speaking notes, and an example of a "Great Reads" poster.
This is an awesome activity and I do it numerous times every year with a range of ages.