Book Talk

Book Talk days allow us the opportunity to share our reading experience with each other. On each book talk day, you have two options:

Peer Conference

Book Group

Peer Conference

  • Connect with someone else who is also not part of a book group. You can be reading two totally different books or the same one.
  • Prepare for your conference by downloading and printing two copies of the peer conference form (below). You will EACH complete your own form.
  • Choose the appropriate tools to easily view and discuss each other's reader's response and reference your book.
  • As you begin, use the peer conference form as a guideline. This should shape and focus your discussion without limiting it. Feel free to extend your conference beyond the limitations of the guideline as long as you remain focused on the academic task.
Peer Conferences- Reader's Response.pdf

Book Group

  • Connect with other people who are reading the same book as you. (Limit: 4 to a group.)
  • Prepare for your discussion by downloading and printing one of the forms below for each person in the group. (Keep in mind that book groups work best when roles are rotated.)
  • Choose the appropriate tool to easily access/view your reader's response in the course of your book group discussion.
  • As you begin, use the print-outs as a guideline - a tool for shaping the focus of your discussion without limiting it. Feel free to extend your discussion beyond the limitations of the printout as long as you remain focused on the academic task.
  • As the discussion winds down, set a goal for the next set of chapters/pages to discuss and check the classroom calendar for the next "Book Talk" day.

Book Group Discussion Roles:

Peer Conferences

This formative work provides some of the evidence necessary to demonstrate readiness for a summative assessment which will measure Competency #4: Listening/Speaking/Viewing.


Book Groups are a great way to share the experience of reading and exploring a novel. They also offer learners the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to effectively engage in academic discourse. This measures: