Welcome to Third Grade Book Talks! Each of the Third Grade teachers follow a similar model, in order for students to practice their public speaking skills… You’ll be amazed at the progress these students show from now until the end of the year.
Book Talks will be recorded and posted on VoiceThread — please take some time to watch & listen to Book Talks from the past few years – you’ll see all kinds of examples, which will help guide your planning:
SPRING BOOK TALKS: Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar 28
SUMMER BOOK TALKS: Jan 31, Mar 7, April 4
FALL BOOK TALKS: Feb 7, Mar 14, April 11
WINTER BOOK TALKS: Feb 14, Mar 21, May 2
The information I sent home last year is all posted here, in the event you need to reference it… I will post the almost identical 2014 information here soon.
Student Name: _________________ SPRING SUMMER FALL WINTER
January 3, 2013
This month we will begin book talks. As you know, weekly homework expectations have been for your child to read nightly for at least 20 minutes. It doesn’t matter whether your child reads independently or with assistance. (Adults provide excellent models for children.) The important thing is that he/she is reading and talking about books. Research has proven over and over that children learn to read by reading. The more they read, the more proficient they will become, and the more successful they will be in school.
Beginning this month, we are asking your child to do an oral presentation of a book they are reading at home. These expectations are from the Grade 3 Speaking and Listening Common Core Standards. You will find dozens and dozens of past book talks on our classroom blog Voice Thread link.
Attached is a list of different ways your child can choose to share his/her book. It is not necessary to have completed a book. If more than one book is read during the time period, your child should choose only one to discuss, unless it is a comparison or text-to-text connection.
Note that this is NOT a typical book report where the story is summarized. In fact, a summary is NOT one of the choices. We will begin sharing the week of January 21st. Your child will be assigned a group (see next page) to keep track of when he/she will be expected to do a book talk (roughly once every four weeks). PLEASE REFER TO THE ATTACHED RUBRIC, which will be used to grade your child on these reports.
It is extremely important that children read as much as possible to improve fluency, as well as, word analysis skills, and comprehension. Reading affects all areas of the curriculum. Thank you for encouraging your child to become a more proficient reader!
Please sign and return the form below to indicate you are aware of book talk expectations.
I understand that reading a minimum 20 minutes per night is a homework expectation for my child, and that he/she is being asked to prepare a book talk to share with the class every four weeks (3-4 talks in total)
Presentations will be made on Fridays. Please check our weekly homework newsletter and/or class ‘blog to see which “season” (group) is presenting each week. Your child’s assigned “season” will be:
SPRING WEEK SUMMER WEEK FALL WEEK WINTER WEEK
We also understand that an unexcused late presentation will result in a drop in grade. Excused presentations (due to absence, or with a parent note) will be given 1 additional week to prepare, and will be expected to present the following Friday.
::::BOOK TALK GUIDELINES::::
- to share a really good book
- to share information about an exciting author
- to share unfamiliar books/authors
- to give/receive recommendations for reading lists
- to receive feedback from others
- to inspire others to read the book
- to practice oral presentation skills
Suggestions for each book talk: Choose one or two ideas to create a 3-5 minute presentation–
¨ Talk about the author and any other books he/she has written
¨ Show the cover and some of the illustrations. Give reasons why you chose those illustrations, and how they relate to the book.
¨ Read aloud an interesting lead or an exciting part of the book; tell why it was exciting or interesting for you
¨ Share something you didn’t like and support why you feel as you do
¨ T->S: Connect the book to your own life (character, setting, problem, etc.)
¨ T->T: Connect the book with another book you’ve read; tell how it is like the other book. (Give examples from both books.)
¨ ?: Ask questions you might be wondering about, before, during, or after reading and tell why you are wondering that.
¨ Make predictions about what will happen next in the book & tell why you are thinking that way
¨ Discuss character traits, give evidence from the book why you describe the character as you do.
¨ Share a character description, and how he/she changed in the story.
¨ Describe the setting and explain how it is important to the story.
¨ Do you agree or disagree with the author? Would you change some part of the book, or the way it ended? How? Why
¨ Share 5 new vocabulary words you learned from reading this book. Tell the meaning and how they helped you make sense of the story.
¨ Share some interesting facts about a topic. Tell why you shared them.
¨ Share a cause and effect relationship in a book.
¨ Compare or contrast two ideas, or concepts from a book.
Things to remember when planning a book talk:
¨ Give the title and author of your book. Bring your book with you.
¨ Look at your audience while you are speaking.
¨ Speak loud and slow enough so everyone can hear clearly, while using expression to keep their interest.
¨ Be prepared. Bring some notes to help you remember what you want to talk about.
¨ IMPORTANT: You should practice your presentation several times so you can present confidently.
¨ Know how long your presentation takes. It should be at least 3 minutes, but not more than 5.
¨ VERY IMPORTANT: Always give support, examples, or reasons for what you are sharing.