Book Discussions

Encourage your students to read for pleasure with book discussions. Students can share with the class or a small group a book that they have recently read in a variety of fun, creative ways.
Grades:
9 |
10 |
11 |
Subjects:

Reading (1,505)

Literature (1,453)

Updated on: February 22, 2007

Book Discussions

How do you create excitement about what your students are reading for pleasure? One way is to have them talk about books with other students. Students will share their pleasure of reading the book, and encourage others to read it also. These sharing times don't need to be lengthy or require much preparation on the part of the teacher. You might want to start sharing about what you are reading, or read excerpts from books that have a theme that is similar to what students are studying.

Here are a few different ways to organize a book sharing time in your classroom.

The Book Commercial
Students can write or present a two-minute commercial about a book they have read. It could describe the plot and then end with a question, or students can read a riveting paragraph that ends with a cliff-hanger. Students can post the title and author of books somewhere in the classroom so that interested students can look up the book in the library.

Interview a Character
Two students who read the same book could perform an interview, telling about interesting events in the book.

Pairing and Sharing
Students are paired and discuss the book they are reading with another student. The pairs can rotate through the week to ensure students get a variety of ideas about what to read next.

Multi-age Sharing
Students in older grades can be paired with students in younger grades to share what they are reading.

Read Book Reviews
Students can search Web sites with book reviews listed by title, author, interest level, or subject. When students have found a book that they would like to read, they can read the summary to the class or a small group, and tell three reasons why they would like to read the book.

Join TeacherVision today

Spend more time teaching and less time searching.
Get full, ad-free access to all our learning resources—curated and vetted by teachers
and curriculum specialists—for one-low price.

Sign Up Sign Up

Special Offer: Get 50% off unlimited, ad-free access

Use special offer code 2020 at checkout to get half off a premium membership of full access and unlimited downloads.

Get Started

Select from a monthly, annual, or 2-year membership plan. All plans include a 7-day trial. Cancel anytime.
Learn more about Premium