Book Talk Template and Visual Due Date: Thursday, January 31st
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Visual Choices (choose one to complete):
1. Character Interview – Create a list of 6-8 interview questions to “ask” your
main character. Type out each question, then below write the “response”
that your main character would give (you will be thinking and talking like
2. Timeline – Make a timeline of events in your novel; include at least 6 and no
more than 10. For each event include a small graphic and a complete sentence
detailing what happened. Make a timeline by using a ruler to draw a straight
line down the center of a piece of paper (you will probably need 2 sheets to
include everything). Alternate your event sentence/graphic below and above
the line to space it evenly.
3. Word Collage – Using newspapers and old magazines, create a collage of
words and phrases that relate to your novel. Overlap your pieces so that no
paper is left showing. On the back of your collage write a short paragraph
explaining the significance of the words you chose.
Use LOTS of color and creativity! Color should be “top to bottom & side to side” to make it
Use black ink for outlining pictures or written words to make it “pop” out from the illustrations or
Have a parent or older sibling edit and revise your work before making your final copy.
Proofreading is important!
Take pride in your creations ~ put in the time throughout the month so that you create a quality
Manage your time well ~ work on your Book Talk throughout the month ~ try not to rush at the
Book Talk Presentation Rubric
Student Name: ______________________ #_____ Date: ___________
Book Title: ______________________________________ Author: ___________________________
Introductory Information (Reading) Comments:
1 2 3 4
type/genre of writing
meaning of title
Literary Elements of Book (Reading)
1 2 3 4
Summary of Book (Reading)
one point will be deducted for each 1 2 3 4
word over or under the 20-word
Passage from Book (Reading)
one passage shared
reason for selected passage given 1 2 3 4
Wrap-Up of Book Talk (Reading)
recommendation given and explained
rating 1 2 3 4
ask audience for questions
Overall Reading Score:
Project / Visual (Reading)
project is completed in its 1 2 3 4
entirety; clearly connects with 1 2 3 4
book; neat and detailed
Writing / Preparation (Writing)
book talk guide turned in and Overall Writing Score:
completed 1 2 3 4
clear though process is evident in 1 2 3 4
selection of what to share
eye contact – nearly memorized Overall Communication Score:
confident voice projection 1 2 3 4
body positioning 1 2 3 4
time – no more than 5 minutes
Book Talk Template Name ____________________ #_____
Directions: Use this template to guide your preparation of your book talk. You may have this document
during your talk, but only as a guide. You many not read directly from this template. You must talk
about your book, not read about your book.
Book Title: __________________________________________
Introductory Information that includes: genre, author’s purpose, and meaning of the title.
Literary Elements that include: setting, major and minor characters, conflict/plot, and theme/moral
message. It answers the question – “What is this book about?”
Quick Summary of the book that doesn’t give away the ending – write at least a 4 sentence paragraph,
but no more than 6 sentences.
Favorite Characters and Why?
Highlights (things you liked):
Lowlights (things you did not like):
I am reading a passage from page ______. This passage is: _____ a favorite part.
_____ something I learned.
_____ something interesting.
_____ a good description.
_____ an example of emotion.
_____ a connection to self.
What would you rate this book? (circle how many stars)
Why should someone read or not read this book?