Who doesn’t love Oprah, Jimmy Fallon, or Ellen? Most likely, your students have watched at least one talk show, so they are familiar with the format. You have the opportunity to tap into the prior knowledge about the formatting of a talk show and bring it to life! This activity engages students allowing them to discuss literature through a non-traditional fun format. Students can combine their parodic skills with their insights into the text when posing and answering questions and playing the roles of the characters. Students can invent a new role too – such as a new TV talk show host or they can create an advertisement.
During the presentation, students watching the presentation will be writing down comments and questions about the performance. They will ask these questions and comments during the Q&A section. Students can also ask their higher order thinking questions from their collection journal (See my TpT store to purchase the journal).
Two of the four chapters have suggestions on what the host should be asking its guests. I usually give these chunks to my struggling readers and writers to help them with the scene.
This talk show format focuses on Chapters 8-11. This activity can be modified though for other chapters.
Included: 9 slide Pwpt that walks your students through the activity and organized handouts and worksheets for all group members.