Book Talk A book talk is a brief presentation (no more than 3-5 minutes, please) about the book you read. You MAY NOT bring notes up with you; you may, however, bring the book itself. You should bookmark the passage you have chosen to read to us. Your book talk should include: Interest-grabbing introduction designed to “hook” your listeners. Why you chose this book and why you kept reading it. (If you don’t like the book, don’t keep reading it! Please don’t tell us about a book you didn’t like.) What “rating” you would give this book and why. Information about the main character and the conflict he/she/it faces. Tell us about the plot, but don’t give away the ending in a Book Talk! SHOW us what impresses you about the author’s writing. (Hint: this is where you are supposed to read us an awesome passage from the book and tell us why it is significant!) Who would enjoy this book? I have a chart on my bulletin board that looks like this: “Hook” your audience! Title and author Why did you choose this book? Rating? Main character Conflict Plot – but not the resolution! Author’s craft (SHOW us!) Recommended for…. This is a Book Talk, not a Book Report, so you will not be able to bring “notes” with you. We want to see your eyes as you tell us about your book. Your job, starting a few days before your Book Talk is scheduled, is to PRACTICE! One section of the grading rubric is called “Presentation” and to earn full credit, you must be “wellprepared, organized, calm, and have good eye contact.” Please use the rubric on the other side of this sheet to help you practice! And, most importantly: ENJOY sharing a book that you love with your classmates! Book Talk Rubric Name _________________________________ Excellent Introduction Plot Main character and conflict Genre and Rating Book Choice Author’s craft Presentation Comments: Good Interest-grabbing introduction Good intro, but lacks a “hook” for the audience You know the story very well, and you made it interesting for the audience You gave a lot of information about the main character and the conflict he/she faced. You provided a lot of details about the story. Needs more organization. Clearly stated and explained. You mentioned the genre and “rated” the book You gave very general reasons; more specific details needed. You clearly explained why you chose this book, why you loved it, and why you continued reading it. You showed your audience exactly why this author impressed you. Well-prepared, organized, calm, good eye-contact You gave us some information about the character and conflict. You gave a general idea of what this author does to “attract” his/her audience. Pretty good job, but you might need to prepare a bit more. Average Needs work Most of the required information is present Needs better organization and more details. Needs work At the end of the presentation, I was still unclear about exactly what the conflict was. More explanation needed. Characters and/or conflict not discussed. You glossed over this part; it was unclear why you chose the book or why you continued reading it. You mentioned at least one aspect of the author’s craft. Not addressed. More practice recommended; work on pace, volume, and eye contact. It’s unclear exactly what happened in your book. Genre/rating not discussed. Not addressed. Preparation / practice not evident.