Book Talk

You will be presenting a book talk about a text of your choice. Choose either a book from your personal collection, the classroom, or EPIC books.

Planning the best book talk

You have a book and now you have to sell it. Here are some ways to maximize the book talk format:

  • Don’t give away the ending (the exception may be for a series or book of short stories where incorporating the ending to one story might excite readers about reading more from that author).
  • Similarly, show the book, title, and author at the end of the book talk. Don’t lead with it! That’ll keep the audience engaged and wondering, Have I heard of this book?
  • Start with a hook that will get the audience’s attention. This can be verbal, like reading a portion of the story (perhaps a cliffhanger), or nonverbal, like reenacting a major fight scene.
  • End with a hook. Leave the audience wanting to know more by creating a cliff-hanger, like authors do at the end of a chapter, and ending with it. A book talk is successful when the audience has questions.
  • A book talk should be short. Aim for between one and five minutes, depending on your audience.
  • No two book talks should sound the same! Bring your own personality and voice to the book talk and encourage students to do the same.
  • Choose a book that has a strong theme that will be of interest to your class. In middle and high school, books about love, humor, magic, friendship, and problems they deal with every day (breakups, family, school, etc.) are likely to resonate.
  • Prepare for a book talk while you read by taking notes and placing sticky notes at cliff-hangers, quotes, scenes that surprise you, and parts that you connect with.
  • Think about craft: What does the author do to keep you engaged?
  • Like any good presentation, don’t memorize it but do have your major points in mind.
  • Engage your audience—ask questions, take a poll, have them guess what will happen next. The author kept you on the edge of your seat, get your students on the edge of theirs.
  • Practice, practice, practice! (Teacher bonus: Unlike your students, who take your class only once, you can perfect a book talk and give it year after year.)

Download the below file for a checklist to follow in producing your book talk and giving feedback.


Homework – Week 9

Spelling words (Week 9)
– Reading (100 minutes)
– Times tables (Matific if you are complete)
– Touch typing (see previous blog posts for link)
– Create 5 different equivalent fractions (e.g 1/3 = 2/6)
– Post a video on Freshgrade of you reading an argument you’ve created with the TEEL structure using expression and emphasis.

List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4 List 5
Prefix – dia

Meaning – through or across

anything thumbed thermometer thoroughbred dialogue
thirteen anthem thorough anaesthetic diagram
Thursday earthly thunderous theoretically diameter
throw thrown enthralled thesaurus diagnosis
tenth athletic threshold therapeutic diagnostic
brother earthen breathe scathingly diachronic
there leather swathe rhythmic diagrammatic
they’re gathering writhe algorithm dialysis
their though loathsome smithereens diagonal
feather father rhythm enswathed diathermic

Reading – Tue 17 Nov

After watching the following video as a class, read the transcript and answer the questions below in full sentences to practice searching for and using information.

1. What was the debate about?  
2. What is a debate? 
3. What makes a good debater? 
4. What are to do’s and don’ts’s of debating? 
5. How can you make a good argument? 
6. What’s an adjudicator?

Week 7 Homework

Complete the following for this week’s homework:

– 100 minutes of reading
– Spelling
– Times tables
– Touch typing
– Continue with Inquiry Website.
– Achievement Award design (general and/or the specific specialist subject for your class)

List 1 List 2 List 3 List 4 List 5
Root word – teneo

Meaning – hold together

check speech chastise picturesque retain
such scratches manufacturer pasteurised abstain
which chimneys righteous pancetta sustain
picture chuckle futuristic infrastructure tenant
witch century exhaustion acupuncture tenable
shelf special politician chauffeur tenacious
chef surely diminish chandelier contentment
station pressure tension conscience discontent
special anxious brochure crescendo retentive
shouldn’t tissue insurance fissure maintenance

NAIDOC Week 2020 – Always Was, Always Will Be

NAIDOC week is here, and we are celebrating the unique culture of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ which refers to the fact that our Indigenous Australians are the traditional owners of the land we live on. Their culture is the oldest continuing culture in the world which should be celebrated.

Below are a range of activities that you can choose from to learn more and demonstrate your new understandings:


BTN – Indigenous Perspectives of Cook Visit

We explore the lasting impact of the Endeavour’s arrival on Australia’s first people and learn more about Cook’s arrival as seen by the people who were already here.

Watch the BTN video and summarise the important information that you learned in your own words.


Aboriginal people have a strong connection to the land, known as “connection to country”. They are the oldest continuing culture in the world and have been actively managing the Australian landscape by “caring for country”.

As part of NAIDOC week, influential members of the Indigenous community are celebrated for their achievements. Use the below website to learn about past winners of the ‘Caring for Country’ NAIDOC Awards category. Working with a partner, select one recipient per group to research. Create a presentation on the recipient’s achievements, and why they won.

(make sure you change the drop down box for category to ‘Caring for Country’)


Indigenous Australians are made up of many different cultural groups that have strong historical connections to places in Australia. Each group spoke a different language.

View the map of Indigenous Australia available on the below website. Use the zoom feature of the map to find out what country you are on right now.

What language is spoken by the traditional owners of the land that you are currently on? You will be able to see this as a label on the colour coded part of our map that covers your current location.

Google the name of the group that calls our location home (e.g. the Yorta Yorta people of the Deniliquin area). Visit websites such as Wikipedia to learn more about this area’s cultural group. Write down 5 interesting facts you learned.


NAIDOC Week 2020 colouring in poster

As a mindfulness activity, you can print and colour in the below poster to display at school.