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Old 09-21-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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I plan to have my 8th graders write booktalks for their summer reading books and respond to other students' booktalks. Has anyone done this and have anything to share?


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Old 09-22-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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How long do you want these to be? What do you hope to accomplish?

Here is what I include...

I. Introduction - including an "attention getter", title, author, and overall opinion of the book
II. Main Character(s) - name, brief description, problem/conflict they face, how does the author make you care about/relate to this character
III. Author's style - how the author writes, techniques
IV. Recomendation - why middle schoolers might/might not want to read this book, what does it offer the reader
V. Conclusion

I give the students some examples from the past to use as models. I also have handouts for how to write good leads, character development, author's style, and conclusions.
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Creative Respsonses
Old 10-03-2008, 03:24 PM
 
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I make my students do a creative response three times a year. They write a summary of the book they read without giving away the ending. (Like you would find on the jacket of the book). Then they give a five minute presentation about the author, rising action for the story, and who would enjoy this book.

Along with the presentation, they create a visual for the book that is relevant to the character or story. For example, Harry Potter (owl to rest on should during their talk) Diary of a Wimpy Kid (diary) if the character in the book is a reporter (newspaper) Diary of Anne Frank (diary with students own thoughts or ideas) etc.

The project needs to be 90% their own creation. No legos but clay projects are great. I have had students create a baseball bat out of wood, hand made clock out of a branch. Snow globe! War scenes!

This really hooks others to want to read what their classmates are reading. I'm sure this is too late for a summer response but may be helpful for the future.
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