Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Booktalk idea: Titles That Rhyme with -ATE

Used this one with seventh grade last week!

I like to use music and/or video as themes for my booktalks, so for this one, I used the song "Mediate" by INXS. I had this album myself in seventh grade, and I LOVED the video for "Mediate." Who knew so many things rhyme with -ate?

For that first slide (with the underlined words), I had the students try to guess what our theme was for the day. They easily guessed "rhyming books," and their teacher asked them what kind of rhyme that sentence exhibits (answer=internal rhyme). Turns out they had just talked about that a few days ago--let's hear it for reinforcing classroom concepts!

Popular student choices on this list include Jennifer Brown's Hate List, Hahn's Wait Till Helen Comes, and Brody's 52 Reasons to Hate My Father (the trailer REALLY sells that one!). Book trailers are all linked within the presentation, but I always download the YouTube videos to my desktop before I use them to avoid ads and extraneous unpredictable content.

Librarian/teacher advisory: The INXS video (linked in the second slide) does include the word "Sex?" written on Michael Hutchence's last card (37 seconds into the video). I played it and didn't make a big deal about it (no one else did either), but it is there. A way to get around that part is just to show the last two minutes of the video. To me, that would bring more attention to a word they already know, but some schools/teachers/librarians are much more particular about that than I am.

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