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Saturday, 2 April 2011

What is a book talk, and how can it be useful in helping students select literature for themselves?

During a book talk, students discuss with classmates books they have read, heard or discovered. The teacher can have a book talk in her/his classroom every month.

For example, teachers can pair up students for a free choice book and give the students a deadline to finish the book. Then, in class, the students can discuss the book and they will need to name five important things they liked about the book (intriguing setting, changes in setting, intense conflicts, exciting plot events, interesting twist, changes in character, characters they love or hate, how the protagonist and antagonist interact, mood changes, or an ongoing theme). The students will be given a “chat form” to fill in while they are discussing with their partner. 
Then, it will be useful for the teacher and the students to follow a rubric. Ann Tanona has created an interesting rubric with her class. I have found very interesting because rubrics are important for providing feedback. Ivey said that “the more specific feedback is, the better” (99). 

Figure 2



Did I get my audience's attention?

Creative beginning
Boring beginning
No beginning
Did I tell what kind of book?
Tells exactly what type of book it is
Not sure, not clear
Didn't mention it
Did I tell something about the main character?
Included facts about character
Slid over character
Did not tell anything about main character
Did I mention the setting?
Tells when and where story takes place
Not sure, not clear
Didn't mention setting
Did I tell one interesting part?
Made it sound interesting - I want to buy it!
Told part and skipped on to something else
Forgot to do it
Did I tell who might like this book?
Did tell
 kipped over it
Forgot to tell
How did I look?
Hair combed, neat, clean clothes, smiled, looked up, happy
Lazy look
Just-got-out-of-bed look, head down
How did I sound?
Clear, strong, cheerful voice
No expression in voice
Difficult to understand- 6-inch voice or screeching


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