Reflection: Accountability Setting Brochures and Book Talks - Section 1: Introducing the Activity


It's finally spring, which -- for me -- is the time of year when I start saying,"Next year, I will..."  After all, teaching is a craft that is in a constant state of evolution, and we teachers adapt and change every year.  I change what I do every year -- not everything, but I try to think of revision as truly "seeing again," and, inevitably, there are things that come and go.

One of the things that I feel I did not do well this year is motivating independent reading.  I "required" it, but I didn't do a lot to support it.  I realized the last time that my students did book talks that they really like talking to each other about books.  Sometimes, the resurrection of an elementary novel or an obvious rehash of a book that was turned into a movie (and I mean rehash of the movie version) gets under my skin, and I get put off from things like book talks.  However, I have to remind myself that I can't let the "kids who won't" control the game plan for the "kids who do."

So, next year, I am thinking up more short, in-class writing and book talking on a quarterly basis.

That's the great thing about this job, right?  There's always next year.


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Setting Brochures and Book Talks

Unit 18: Independent Reading
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT entice other readers by giving engaging book talks; SWBAT identify and evaluate the author's choice of setting(s) in their free-choice novel.

Big Idea: Oh, the places we'll go...when we delve into setting...

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English / Language Arts, Reading, Comprehension (Reading), independent reading, Book Talks
  85 minutes
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