Lesson: Write book recommendations

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to write a book recommendation about a recently completed book.

Lesson Plan

Connection (3-5 mins): Readers, today is a big day.  You have spent weeks talking about your reading and recording your reading during class time.  Many of you have read several books already this year.  Today, you will have a chance to share about your favorite book you have completed this year. 


Teach (10-12 mins): Students should be seated on the carpet with a partner.  They will be expected to turn and talk to this partner throughout the lesson. I love when a friend meets with me to suggest a book that I read.  I always enjoy getting new book recommendations from friends because if my friend likes the book and can explain why, I will probably enjoy the book too.  A book recommendation is a suggestion of a book that you think someone would like to read.  We write book recommendations to share our love of a book with others.  Watch me as I show you how to write a recommendation.


Teacher places a book recommendation form on the overhead.  I am going to recommend the book, “Library Mouse” since we recently read that in class.  The title, I can write in and the author is Daniel Kirk.  I think you should read this book because it’s a really sweet story that encourages kids to become writers.  The book has a surprise twist at the end that makes the story even better. 


Did you notice how in my suggestion, I didn’t give away the plot of the story.  You don’t want to tell your friend the entire story, you want to give just enough details to spark their interest so that they want to read the book on their own. 


At the end of the form you can draw a pictures of your favorite part of the story.  I would draw a picture of when the little girl sees her reflection in the “Meet the Author’ box.  It’s when the story starts to change and you realize Sam thinks everyone can be an author. 


Take a minute to think of a book you might recommend to a friend.  Once you have your idea, turn and tell your partner the book you would recommend and why.  Students turn and talk as the teacher listens in to conversations.  Now that you have your idea you are ready to write your own recommendations.  Off you go.


Active Engagement (15-20 mins): Students return to their seats.  They should complete the book recommendation form.  Teacher circulates and offers support where needed.  Some students may not know of a book they want to recommend.  If that is the case, suggest they write a recommendation about a class read-aloud text.


Exit Slip/Share (3-5 mins): Students are given time to share their book recommendations.  All of the recommendations are placed in the library and the books that were recommended can be moved into a special bin labeled “student favorites”.  Teacher should collect forms to place in the library.


Reflection: I love this lesson because it provides me with instant feedback about my students as readers.  I am sometimes really surprised by the books that students recommend or why they choose to recommend certain books.  I keep the book recommendations up in the library for a month or so and then repeat this lesson with students.  The constant switching of books in the “student favorites” bin and new recommendations keeps students interested in shopping in the classroom library.



Lesson Resources

Book Recommendation Form.pdf  


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