Book Talks

Introduce Students to Books Old and New

Responding to Rena’s posting “I  would like to do book talks with my grade 8 class, but I’m not sure how to get started.  Has anyone got any suggestions as to what the best approach would be?  Your suggestions are appreciated!”

One approach: Select three books that you can link to what interests your specific students. Create two-three slides for each book that include images from book covers or of a key event in the book.  On each slide write a probing question, a summary sentence, something specific about book that links to interests of your students OR a recent or upcoming theme/topic for your course, and end with a challenge: a reason to read. See samples at this link.

Consider having students create their own book talk slides as an option for whole class book or independently read books.  If it’s a whole class books, perhaps group students to show various literary devices used by the author.  See POSTER ASSIGNMENT adapted as slide presentation.

Books About Real People

Getting to Know the Classics

Get a Head Start on Biographies

New to You Books

Oldies but Goodies – A 

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