are Book Talks?
book talks, students discuss with classmates books they have read,
heard or "discovered." The shared selections may be ones
read to them by a librarian, babysitter, parent, Elder, relative
or older student, or they may be books students have read themselves.
Book talks can be scheduled during daily shared language sessions.
is its purpose?
focus students' attention on enjoyable and informative print
provide opportunities for students to share responses to a book,
and to exchange ideas with peers
entice students to read peer-recommended selections
develop personal interpretations and responses to literature by
reflecting upon, discussing and evaluating selections
can I do it?
teacher demonstrates book talks before asking students to participate.
prepare in advance to talk about books of their choosing.
talk about the book or briefly summarize it, read an interesting
or exciting part, show illustrations, dress like one of the book's
characters, talk and/or act like one character, or answer questions
about the book.
are encouraged to ask questions.
sessions should be scheduled daily, with only a few participants
participation should be voluntary.
can I adapt it?
can participate in class or school book fairs.
students can read to and talk about books with younger students.
conferencing about books can occur.
and teacher-librarians could use this activity to introduce selections
for literature study or to introduce recently acquired resources.
and students could collaboratively critique books for bias in
print and in illustrations.
& Evaluation Considerations
students' interest in books.
students who do not participate -- they may not be familiar with
books or may not have sufficient access to books and resources.
students about their participation if they are reluctant to share
comments and questions with the class.