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21st Century Book Club


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Keywords: Book Reports, Speeches, Reading, Writing
Subject(s): Writing, Reading, English/Language Arts, Spelling, Grammar
Grades 1 through 5
School: Allatoona Elementary School, Acworth, GA
Planned By: Teresa Stiles
Original Author: Teresa Stiles, Acworth
After reading a self-selected book, students will write a response in the form of a book review. Each student will use the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, proofreading, and editing) before conferencing with the teacher.

The reviews must include the Title, Author, Genre, recommendation, and a summary of the story (being sure to not give away the ending).

After conferencing with the teacher, the student will rehearse the book review with a partner. The focus will be on speaking fluently with a confident voice and using inflection to set the tone of the story.

As students become confident in their presentation, they will record and edit their report using a microphone and recording software. The students will be allowed to conference once with the teacher about any needed improvements and then record a second time if necessary.

The teacher will then upload the recording to the "digital library" for others to enjoy.

Reviews will be graded based on a teacher scored and self scored rubric.
Comments
Students are very excited to hear themselves recorded and love to tell other students to "check out" their book review.
Follow-Up
Students can use software to create digital story boards of the book being reviewed.
Materials: Digital Voice Recorders, Microphones, Flash/USB Drives, Podcasting