book talk template – A Better World through BooksA book talk may be just the tool you need to engage your students in a new book. A book talk could sell your students on the idea of picking up a new title or author or give them the push they need to find a book they love and convince their peers to read it. In a book talk, the goal is to engage the listeners and present a fun, exciting, and even suspenseful commercial for your book. Teach your students how to do book talks by modeling the practice. Then hand the reins to students by assigning them book talks in partners or as presentations. Probably the best way to choose a book for a book talk is to find one that you really like.
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Book Talks - Presenting and Writing Book Talks
The one I settled on was this: With modern Salem now home to thousands of neo-witches, could the hysteria happen again? What would a modern day witch-hunt look like in Salem? But what do you do when you need to tell them more? That all sounds good, but to really talk about the book would take days. So what parts should I reveal, and what should I leave for the reader to discover?
One of the pillars of our reading community is the daily book talk. While I used to do them once in a while, I was spurred on by the wisdom of Penny Kittle to do one every single day, which I have now fully embraced for the past few years. So in the last few years, I have done a book talk almost every single day right after we finish our independent reading. It takes less than two minutes and is fairly simple. So this is what our book talks look like now.