A Booktalk Cloze Sheet
Are you unsure what to say in a booktalk?
Or follow one these simple outlines.
(Feel free to be more creative if you wish. Change any part of these outlines to suit your book or make up your own outline. But don’t fail to present a booktalk because you don’t think you have anything to say, because you do!)
Did you know that GIVE AN INTERESTING FACT? Did you know that GIVE ANOTHER INTERESTING FACT. TITLE by AUTHOR tells all sorts of AN EMOTIVE ADJECTIVE SUCH ‘FASCINATING’ facts about TELL THE TOPIC OF THE BOOK. I learned that TELL A FACT and TELL ANOTHER FACT. I discovered that TELL A FACT and TELL ANOTHER FACT. If you are interested in TELL THE TOPIC AGAIN, be sure to read this AN EMOTIVE FACT SUCH AS ‘EXTRAORDINARY’ book: TITLE.
Hello! I read a great book recently called TITLE by AUTHOR. The main character, NAME, lives in BRIEFLY DESCRIBE THE SETTING and faces a dilemma: TELL ONE ALTERNATIVE or TELL THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE. There are all sorts of complications. TELL SOME. But at the end, well . . . you’ll have to read the story yourself if you want to find out what happens, but I can tell you that this novel was one of the most AN EMOTIVE ADJECTIVE SUCH AS ‘INTRIGUING’ OR ‘COMPELLING’ novels I’ve read in a long time. Why don’t you give it a try?
Have you ever felt GIVE AN EMOTION? Have you ever felt GIVE ANOTHER EMOTION. Then you’ll know how the main character feels in the novel TITLE by AUTHOR. NAME OF CHARACTER is GIVE YOUR FIRST EMOTION FROM ABOVE. DESCRIBE THE CAUSE FOR THE EMOTION. S/he is also GIVE THE SECOND EMOTION FROM ABOVE. DESCRIBE THE CAUSE FOR THE SECOND EMOTION. What should s/he do? What will s/he do? Read this EMOTIVE ADJECTIVE SUCH AS ‘SPELLBINDING’ novel to find out!
Now practice your book talk!
Here are the criteria for your presentation:
Did I get my audience’s attention?
___ Creative beginning
___ Straight-forward beginning
___ Boring beginning
Did I tell what kind of book I chose?
___ Clearly told what type of book
___ Not sure, not clear
___ Didn’t mention it
Did I tell something about the main character or the topic of the book?
___ Included facts and my own opinions
___ Told some facts
___ Didn’t tell much
Did I talk about the setting or the significance of the topic?
___ Told details about when and where the story took place and how it affected the story
___ Told some details
___ Mentioned a few details
Did I tell about an especially interesting part of the story or nonfiction book?
___ Made it sound so interesting that some listeners want to read the book
___ Gave a brief summary
___ Forgot about it
Did I tell who might like this book?
___ Told who might like it and gave reasons
___ Briefly mentioned who might like it
___ Forgot about it
How did I appear?
___ Hair combed, clothes tidy, smiled and looked pleasant, looked at audience
___ Looked down much of the time
___ Looked uninterested
How did I sound?
___ Clear, strong, cheerful voice
___ Little expression in voice
___ Difficult to understand what I said
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