Research shows that oral language is a huge component in how the brain functions: how we learn, manipulate information, remember, retrieve information, and advance our thinking. Talking about our learning helps the learner, but also those that we talk to. Conversing about learning helps students to become critical and reflective thinkers and aids in comprehension
Over the years, I have used Book Talks in a variety of ways:
- As part of Reader's Workshop
- As part of Literature Circles
- As part of read to self/ DEAR time
- One minute- "Lightning Fast" Teaser Talks
- Individual and group talks
- Using a decorated "reader's chair"
- Using skits, Reader's Theater,student-made videos.
- With kindergartners!
In any case, this is a very long-winded way for me to "preface" a book talk rubric that I have used with grades 4 and 5. However, I think it can also be used with third graders and tweaked for lower grades.
You can check out one I made and used with success on Google Docs.
How have you used Book Talks in your classroom?
Have a sensational Sunday!