Lesson Plan Details


Let's Talk Books- Digital and Paper/Pencil

Have your students read anything good lately? On their own time?

Whether or not your school uses a reading accountability program like Accelerated Reader or Reading Counts, Book Talks are a great way to get students talking about what they are reading. Students choose their books with your guidelines, read and report to you regularly, and then give an oral book report to the class. Use Book Talks once or twice per grading period to encourage students to read outside of class and share information about books the way adults do, to each other.

In this 61-page digital and paper/pencil resource, you have all you need to begin an independent reading program that has accountability and high interest for your students. Included are editable and fillable Word documents, as well as 27 pages of Google products. This combo package is perfect for both face-to-face classrooms, digital, and distance learning settings.

Also included are background information, how-to-use suggestions, and CCSS.

Start with the rubric before students claim their book titles. Then choose from 21 different Check-Ins, response prompts based on skills all good readers use, Probst and Beers' Signposts, and more. Use them as Task Cards, upload them to Classkick, or assign them on your LMS. Then students plan their presentations with the Book Talk planner, and use it for their presentations if you wish. Finally, during the presentations, all students are evaluated by their peers and you in the moment with evaluation forms and ideas and a fillable rubric.

Best of all, by using it as an end of the grading period project, your students and you will have less stress, while still meeting your academic standards. No take-home grading of book reports that no one reads but you!

This is a resource you will use again and again, year after year!

Category: ELA → Reading
Price: $5.00

This lesson plan costs $5.00

About the Teacher


Barbara Miller

I have taught English/Language Arts for over twenty years to remedial through gifted students from 7th to 12th grade, AP/dual credit university courses in three corporations and at one university. During my career, I have supervised and taught several student teachers and numerous pre-service teachers. Project Based Learning and choices that fit or extend learning styles and intelligences make my classroom activities engaging for students and filled with opportunities for academic growth. Many teacher professional development programs have supported my work. I hold an M.A. in Education and an Indiana High Ability Teaching License, am a Teacher Consultant for Indiana Writing Project, and have participated in many educator programs sponsored by the Lilly Endowment, National Consortium for the Teaching of Asia, National Endowment for the Humanities, US Department of State, Korea Academy for Educators, and Toyota International Teachers, among others. Additionally, I have been awarded many grants for classroom and school-wide projects, ranging from hundreds of dollars to $250,000. In addition, I have conducted professional development on writing workshop and differentiation in my own school, at conferences and events, and at schools in Peru and India. I am currently writing about my ancestors who taught Freedmen after the Civil War.


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