Booktalking across the Curriculum: The Middle Years

Booktalking across the Curriculum: The Middle Years

Booktalking across the Curriculum: The Middle Years

Booktalking across the Curriculum: The Middle Years


Promote fiction-reading across the middle school curriculum With more than 160 booktalks and 330 book suggestions at your fingertips, this invaluable resource makes it easy to pick just the right books for your students. Designed to fit curricular studies, the book is organized by subject area: DEGREESL DEGREESDBLUnited States History DEGREESL DEGREESDBLWorld History DEGREESL DEGREESDBLSocial Studies DEGREESL DEGREESDBLLanguage Arts and Literature DEGREESL DEGREESDBLMathematics DEGREESL DEGREESDBLScience DEGREESL DEGREESDBLThe Arts DEGREESL DEGREESDBLPhysical Education and Sports DEGREESL Extra chapters include booktalks that foster critical thinking and deal with humorous titles.

Carefully chosen based on appeal, age-appropriateness, and positive reviews, each book is designated with suggested grade and reading levels. All of the booktalks are accompanied by learning extensions that can be used as assignments or as starting points for further discussion. Complete bibliographic information and short annotations are provided for each title. You'll select and prepare terrific bookta


Children’s literature has long been a vital part of children’s lives. Stories reflect society and help children learn about their world. Children’s literature also shows children different perspectives and allows them to experience events in a nonthreatening way. Historical fiction introduces them to what life was like long ago. Literary fiction introduces them to the beauty of language. Children’s literature can also present valuable information and ideas about mathematics, science, and other topics. Fiction makes difficult concepts accessible because it is told in a way that is understandable to youngsters. By using children’s literature to teach young learners, the teacher opens the door to expanding the exploration of topics in greater depth.

One way to excite children about reading is to use booktalks. Booktalks are short promotional presentations that tease a child into wanting to know more about specific books. Books that are not promoted often stay on the shelves to collect dust. When children hear about books, either through friends or through booktalks, they are more apt to take them down and read them.

The purpose of this book is to promote fiction reading, to show educators how books can be used to support and enhance curricular studies, and to encourage the discussion to go further into real-life activities. the emphasis is on middle school curriculum. the book is divided into chapters focusing on history, social studies, language arts and literature, mathematics, science, the arts, and physical education/sports. There is also a chapter that explores ways to use children’s literature to teach critical thinking skills. the final chapter, “Just for Fun,” includes humorous stories and holidays. Each chapter includes booktalks for books on that subject, as well as pertinent activity ideas, writing prompts, and/or discussion questions. a list of other books about the topic follows.

Booktalking can be a rewarding experience for both the adult and the child. Enthusiasm is infectious. the reward is connecting children to books. a booktalk is like a movie trailer. the idea is to “sell” the book. You want to give enough information to lure the audience into wanting more. a booktalk is not a review; you don’t need to say whether you liked the book or not. It is assumed that you enjoyed the book and think it is worth reading because you are promoting it. You might say you found it amusing or entertaining, but you really don’t need to say how you feel about the book.

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