Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 23: Book Talks
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
The Book Talk strategy is a motivational tool used by the teacher to rouse students' interest in books. The teacher uses it to provide a coming attraction to a piece of literature that they will read during literature circles or guided reading or to whet their appetites for particular library books available to them for independent reading (Tompkins, 2006). Although the strategy is used primarily by teachers, literacy specialists, and librarians to encourage reading, Book Talks have been used successfully by students when reporting on books or promoting books to their peers. Within this strategy, we provide guidelines for teachers to use Book Talks as a motivational tool to encourage students to read, as well ...