Sunday, October 28, 2012

Booktalk: Outlaws, Gangs, and Bad Hombres

Like many on the public school calendar, I am most creative with my lesson ideas in the summers. For awhile now, I have been wanting to combine my love for music with my love for reading. Booktalking is my "thing" as a librarian--it's what I specialize in and love doing more than anything.

My plan is to play a musical "theme" song to set the tone for my book talks. Using a booktalking theme will help to:
  • familiarize students with the term "theme"
  • help students remember the books I introduce
  • get students' attention!
  • make book talks even more fun and interesting!

This week is my test-run, where I will work out any kinks in the system. Within the next couple of weeks, I am hoping to offer two different music-themed booktalks each week for students/teachers to choose from. Maybe I'll write up a little catalog!

I used the song "Blaze of Glory" by Bon Jovi for this presentation. Other options include "Folsom Prison Blues" (Johnny Cash), "Breakin the Law" (Judas Priest), "Bad Company" (Bad Company), or "Indian Outlaw" (Tim McGraw).

I did this presentation with sixth graders today, and it went so well! They were asking questions, commenting, and, most importantly, checking out the books I recommended! I had to add new ones every period just so I could have some books actually "in" for students to take home today. WOW!

I reloaded the presentation above with more book titles and a slide with a picture of Alcatraz Island. The students were VERY interested in Alcatraz--I could have done a book talk just on that if I had enough books on the topic. Note to self: ORDER MORE.

I got a little bored with the same presentation and song after doing it 6 times today (bored after maybe 3 times), so tomorrow, I am doing one on hurricanes to go with all the Hurricane Sandy coverage on the news lately. I've already written that one (will post tomorrow), and I am planning to write a second one to use tomorrow so I don't get tired of hearing the same song all day (no offense to Bon Jovi!).

Related posts:
Make the Most of Your Book Talks

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1 comment:

  1. You had me at Bon Jovi.....
    This is a really great idea! Just another way to hook kids during booktalks!
    I am sooooooo using this idea!


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