In this episode, we explore the benefits of book talks and their impact on students’ motivation as students promote books they loved to their peers. Join me as I interview Mary Pat from Just Add Students, who shares her firsthand experience with implementing book talks in the classroom.
Unveiling the secrets of effective book talks, Mary Pat unravels the art of captivating hooks, genre introductions, concise summaries, insightful analysis, and compelling selling points. Through these persuasive presentations, students become advocates for their favorite books, creating a reading buzz that fosters curiosity and a genuine interest in reading.
Book talks can be a powerful tool for getting students excited about reading and inspiring them to develop an appreciation for literature. Discover how book talks can foster a culture of reading in your classroom.
In this episode on book talks, Mary Pat shares with us:
- Book talks were implemented as a monthly activity to promote reading and generate excitement among students.
- Students were given the opportunity to give book talks multiple times per year.
- Audience surveys focused on their individual interest (or not) in the book and provide the teacher with valuable information about they type of books students are interested in.
- A rubric was used to assess and guide students’ book talks, focusing on elements like a hook, book information, analysis, and selling points.
Get to Know Mary Pat from Just Add Students:
I have been a classroom teacher for twenty years, My experience ranges from fourth grade to college, but the majority of my time has been in middle school teaching ELA, which I love. I have both my BA and MA in English. I love mentoring teachers, tutoring students, creating curriculum, and settling down with a good book.
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