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  Book Talks

How can we write and present a good book talk?

How is a book talk like a movie trailer? Click to listen.

Book talks are like movie trailers.....

​Watch the video below.           
While you watch, ask yourself:
  • What is the purpose of the video below?
  • Did the maker of the book talk do a good job
  • Why do you think so?

Have you ever gone to see a movie in a theater?  If you have, you most likely have seen a  movie "trailer".  It's like a sneak-peek at a movie that gets you interested in the movie and makes you want to go and see it. 


A Book Talk is kind of like a movie trailer.  The person giving a book talk tells you a bit about the book -- things like the setting, the characters, a little bit about the plot and the conflict -- and they leave you wanting to read the book to find out what happens and how it ends. 


Let's explore some book talks and discuss how you can write and present a good book talk

Now turn and talk to your neighbor about those questions:

  • What was the purpose of the video?
  • Did the maker of the book talk do a good job
  • Why do you think so?
turn and talk
Book Talk Guidelines

What makes a good Book Talk?

Now you will watch another book talk.  There are two videos below.  Choose one to watch.  As you watch, pretend you are the person in the video. Complete your copy of the checklist below while you watch.  

Book Talk Success Criteria

Now it is your turn!

  • Use the Booktalk Success Criteria document above and the Book Talk Guidelines above to write your book talk. 

  • You will then record your book talk on Flipgrid -- you will get more information about that later

  • Both you and your teacher will use the rubric below to score your book talk.

Book Talk Rubric
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