This year I finally figured out how to successfully implement student book talks. It’s not a complicated thing. I’ve always understood the importance of it, but somehow I never figured out how to make it a habitual part of our English classes. This year I saw some photos on Facebook of some of Jason Stephenson’s (@teacherman82) students doing a weekly book share and suddenly it all clicked for me. Two of my classes meet on a modified block schedule so we have a 40 minute class every Monday and longer classes two days later in the week. My seniors have two really long classes. It’s hard to do much in a 40 minute period, so that is our day to work on grammar and vocabulary and to book talk! We have a set schedule and each Monday a different student shares a book they are reading or have read.
These are the shares from so far this year.
Katie talked about The Maze Runner by James Dashner, giving us great insight into the differences between the book and the movie.
CJ shared The Enemy by Charlie Higson. Alex shared Andy Andrews’ The Final Summit. Lucy shared Songs of a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson. Katrina talked about Gone by Michael Grant. Seyya shared Gae Polisner’s The Summer of Letting Go. Amanda shared The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.