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3 Ways to Spice Up Your Book Talks

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Dec. 7, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

Book Talks are a great way to create excitement and motivate your students to read! Educators can create even more excitement when they too create a book talk. Here are 3 ways to perform book talks for your students to get them excited about reading.

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Act It Out

Choose a scene from the text to act out for the students. Be one or two characters for students to see the story truly come alive. Be sure to just choose a small portion of the story that will keep students engaged but wanting to read the book to know more!

Perspective is Everything

Try giving a book talk as a character (first person) or as an outsider looking in (third person). You can give your students a glimpse into the characters thoughts and feelings by telling about the book in first person, or give your students a bird's eye view of the story as you tell about the plot in third person.

Match with Music

Add dramatic effect to your book talk by choosing music to play in the background that captures the tone of the text. Read an excerpt using music in the background or give a brief summary while appropriate tonal music plays in the background.

To see a book talk given by Kelly Harmon, click here and watch it on Youtube!



Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

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Kelly Harmon & Associates began in 2001 with a mission of instructional coaching and providing rich literacy resources for educators and parents. Our work incorporates research-based best practices for teaching and learning.

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