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Jason Patterson, Reading and Enrichment 7th grade

2-11-18- We are continuing with Level 4 sentence analysis. All four levels have now been introduced. We are doing two sentences a day and reviewing the sentences. We are also working on the 2nd semester reading challenge. This week we are also working on correcting run on sentences.

Book Talk Assignment  


For your Book Talk, you will give one 3 minute presentation on a book you’ve read this semester in your independent reading challenge. The purpose of a book talk is to convince the listener to read the book you are recommending.  This book talk is essentially a persuasive speech to convince the listener that they should read a specific book.  


A book talk is very similar to a trailer for a film, which shows you just enough information to convince you that you should watch the movie. 


The book talk will cover some elements of the novel, but you should focus much of your time on the plot, themes and conflict in the novel. NO SPOILERS!!! (Don’t give away anything juicy.) 


Your presentation must include a visual aid, such as an illustration or original book cover, poster, power-point, or google presentation. If you are super tech-y, you might have an even better idea.  


Presentation Outline:  


Attention getter:  

Find an interesting, exciting, or mysterious quote to start off your presentation.  This quote will get the reader’s attention.  Don’t just pick any old quote… choose carefully and deliberately to try to capture the attention of the audience. Also explain why you chose the quote 



Clearly introduce your book by giving the titleauthor and genre of the book.  



Describe the setting, characters, and plot of the book without giving too much away of the story.  

What is the main conflict? What themes are developed?  What lessons do characters learn? Please use precise and descriptive language. Don’t just give a list of characters. Don’t over-summarize. (Hint—you are doing this if you find yourself saying “and” too much.) 



Without giving away the ending, convince the reader that you loved this book and that this is the book they want to read next. Make some predictions about what kind of student would enjoy this book (“if you like…, you’ll love…”).  




Practice your presentation a few times before you present. Time yourself.  

Use note-cards or an outline. This will prevent nerves. 










Attention-Getter (Quote to hook the audience) 








Introduction (Title, Author, Genre) 






Body (Describe the plot, characters, conflict, themes, lessons learned without giving too much away!) 












Conclusion (Why you loved the book, and why other students should read it—be specific) 










An example of a short Book Talk on The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: 




 There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”   


The Graveyard Book is a fictional novel by Neil Gaiman, who also wrote Coraline.  


In this book, Neil Gaiman tells the story of Nobody Owens, known as Bod.  On the night his parents are brutally murdered, 2 year old Bod calmly climbs out of his crib and toddles out of the house and into a nearby cemetery.  There he is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Owens (childless and dead for 250 years!)  who gladly care for the child and protect him from harm. 

With loving ghostly parents, teachers, friends, and protectors, Bod grows from age two to fifteen in the graveyard.  He learns to read and do numbers, and he also learns some ghostly skills.  But not all the residents of the graveyard are friendly.  There are witches, ghouls and creatures and let’s not forget Jack – the evil fiend who is out to finish the job he started. 


Filled with great illustrations, this is a funny, exciting and suspenseful story.  How will Bod survive?  Or will he?  Can his loving family and friends really protect him from the evil Jack?  This delightfully gruesome and very English tale will certainly appeal to both boys and girls who like adventure stories, suspense and some action. The Graveyard Book won the  Newbery Award in 2009, and the awards said that the book is a “delicious mix of murder, fantasy, humour and human longing,” according to Diane Ferbrache, Hazen High School Librarian for The Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 2011 

  1. Superfluous- extra
  2. Lurid- sensational
  3. Genial- kind
  4. Palpable-touchable
  5. Furtive- stealthy
  6. Profound-deep
  7. Prodigious- huge
  8. Serene- calm
  9. Grotesque- distorted
  • Odious- hateful




Countenance- facial expression

Manifest- obvious

Languor- weakness

Acute- sharp

Condescend- to patronize

Exquisite- beautifully made

Sublime- lofty

Allude- indirectly refer to

Singular- unique

Incredulous- skeptical

Word Fragments Vocabulary Quiz August 17th

Pre- before                                       ante- before

Pos- put                                           com- together

Ad-to                                                pro- for

Nom- name                                     ject- throw

Inter- between                                con- together

Junct- join                                        pound- weigh

Plex- twist or fold                           dict- say

Verbum- word                                 sub- under

In- not                                              apo- beside

Fin- end                                            pend- hang

De- down                                         cede- go

Co- together                                    intro- into