Student Book Shares

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.

IMG_0739Brandon shared Eoin Colfer’s Half Moon Investigations.

IMG_0740Katie talked about The Maze Runner by James Dashner, giving us great insight into the differences between the book and the movie.

IMG_0774Jordyn shared War of the Worlds by HG Wells and led a great discussion on some of Wells’ writing choices.

IMG_0798  CJ shared The Enemy by Charlie Higson.IMG_0807  Alex shared Andy Andrews’ The Final Summit.IMG_0826  Lucy shared Songs of a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson.IMG_0827  Katrina talked about Gone by Michael Grant.IMG_0829  Seyya shared Gae Polisner’s The Summer of Letting Go.IMG_0845  Amanda shared The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks.

IMG_0847 Daniel shared Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

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