We want to offer you the opportunity to do something different for your book talk during 4th quarter. Some of the options are performance based and others are written. All of them provide you with an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions and something you read (or write) with your classmates. All options have a strict time limit that you will be expected to adhere to.
- Recitation of a favorite poem or passage from a book. Choose a poem or passage you love and practice reciting it aloud. Your recitation should be familiar and comfortable with the language and have the intention of communicating your enthusiasm for the writing to the class. You will not need to say anything additional other than the title and author. You should try to recite the poem or passage from memory to the best of your ability, but you can use a single note card to jog your memory here and there, if you find you need it. Time limit: 4 minutes.
- Group book talk. If you have read the same book as others in your class, consider composing and delivering a book talk with another person. Perhaps you have a differing opinions of the same book, this would be a good time to air those for the class. Perhaps you are a desperate fan of a particular book or series and want to convinces your classmates that they must read the book. Divide the content of the book talk between the members of the group and spend most of your time evaluating the book and discussion your opinion and reaction to the book. See if you can keep the description of the premise to under 1 minute. Time limit: 6 minutes.
- Vine / Instagram video / O Snap. Can you communicate your evaluation of a book in 6-12 seconds? Can you do it visually? Use your cell phone camera to compose a visual book review. You will share your video with your class. This could be completed in a group and/or across sections. Perhaps you and a friend have differing opinions about a book; dueling videos might be a good way to communicate that difference of opinion. Example. Time limit: 12 seconds.
- Review a series of books in 3 minutes. This can be delivered like a book talk or recorded and uploaded to youtube. Example: vlogbrothers 10 reviews in 4 minutes Time limit: 3 minutes.
- Book talk / movie review. Many of the books we enjoy get made into a movie. Compose and deliver a book talk that evaluates a movie adaptation of your favorite book. Spend no more than 15 seconds on the premise of the book and the rest of your time evaluating the movie adaptation. Time limit: 4 minutes.