This week’s episode focuses on using student-led book talks to promote peer-to-peer conversations. By having students lead discussions, teachers can provide an environment for meaningful discussions about literature and life.
Student led book talks, allow students to take ownership of their learning – of their reading making it easier for them to engage with the material, build confidence in their speaking abilities and have deeper conversations with their peers.
This episode also outlines a plan of action for teachers who wish to implement student led book talks. First, teachers need to incorporate reading into their regular routine and have students read and prepare for the book talk ahead of time. On Discussion day, teachers should step back and allow the students to take charge of the small group meetings. The teacher should become an observer and helper if needed, but students should lead the discussions. This might feel awkward at first, but it is important for the success of the groups for students to take the lead.
Student led book talks will help move our Secondary ELA students away from the simple question-and-answer format and provide opportunities that promote higher-level thinking.
In this episode about Student Led Book Talks, I share:
- Student led book talks are a great alternative to book clubs if book selection is limited.
- Use your regular routine to have students read and prepare for the book talks.
- On Discussion day, let your students lead!
- We need to move our secondary ELA students away from the simple question and answer format and provide opportunities that promote thinking.
- Student Led Book Talks for Reader’s Workshop
- Student Led Discussions
- Book Clubs in Secondary ELA
- Free Book Club Planning Guide
Related blog posts:
- Book Talks – Engaging Students in Reading Through Peer Discussions
- Student Led Book Talks
- Engage Students in Reading with Book Clubs!
Be sure to join the Secondary ELA Facebook group where we will be continuing the conversation about encouraging peer to peer conversations through book talks.