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Book Talk Podcast Lesson Plan

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Book Talk Podcast Lesson Plan - Gr. 3,4,5


Book Talk Podcasts:  "Book Talk!"  Audio Book Trailers for Grades 3-5 


Time Committment:  7 sessions (+additional class time to write/revise scripts if needed)

Grade Level : 3,4,5


CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS:  Ontario Ministry of Education

Language Arts;  Reading, Writing, Media Literacy, Oral Presentation



1.2 identify a variety of purposes for reading and choose reading materials appropriate for those purposes (e.g., comic books and adventure stories for entertainment and interest, trade books to find information and answer questions, dictionaries to find word meanings and pronunciation, atlases for specific information about the world, newspapers for information on current events)


 Organizing Ideas

1.5 identify and order main ideas and supporting details into units that could be used to develop a short, simple paragraph, using graphic organizers (e.g., a story grammar, a T-chart, a paragraph frame) and organizational patterns (e.g., comparison, chronological order)


3.7 use some appropriate elements of effective presentation in the finished product, including print, script, different fonts, graphics, and layout (e.g., use legible printing and some cursive writing; use different font sizes and colours on a poster to attract attention; use proper paragraph form including spacing and margins; supply captions for photographs)

Media Literacy

Producing Media Texts

3.4 produce media texts for specific purposes and audiences, using a few simple media forms and appropriate conventions and techniques

Oral Presentation

Clarity and Coherence

2.3 communicate in a clear, coherent manner, presenting ideas, opinions, and information in a readily understandable form  



The purpose of this lesson is to promote reading, collaboration and communication by visiting an online e-book site, learning the process and posting audio book talks to our school wiki. In groups of 3, students will select a favorite picture book from the online e-book site and write a book talk script that will be recorded using Audacity in the computer lab. They will use the wiki page to collaborate on the script.  The students will create a pocast which includes the book title and author, genre, recommendations and a list of additional book titles by the same author. The intended audience for the book talk commercials are students in Grades 2 - 5.  Posting the final product on the wiki will allow the students to access their classmates recommendations to guide student selection of e-books books for independent reading and provide an opportunity to comment on the podcast book talks of others.



1.  Students will form groups of 2-3.

2.  Groups will select a book from Tumblebooks online e-book site and listen to/ read it.

3.  Students will work collaboratively on a group wiki to write a script promoting their chosen book.

3.  Students will record a Book Talk as an Audacity mp3 file.  

4.  Students will link their podcast (hosted by Pod-O-Matic on the school podcast site) to the wiki.



  • Laptop cart and access to Tumblebooks e-Library
  • 1 shared reading (What is a Book Talk anyway?)
  • Book Talk rubric (student and teacher)
  • Book Talk checklist


Lesson Plan


Session #1 


1.  Shared reading on Smart Board, "What is a Book Talk anyway?

2.  As a group students use Smart Ideas software on the Smart Board to brainstorm elements of a good book talk.

3.  Teacher will conduct a book talk of a familiar picture book ( tips for a delivering a good book talk to students can be found at Nancy Keanes' site).

4.  Students will revisit and add to their ideas of a good book talk.

5.  Students will listen and watch the Tumblebook e-book.  Discuss what could have been added to make the book talk even more enticing.


Session # 2


1. Students will form groups of 2-3.  As a group students will browse Tumblebooks and choose one picture book that they would like to write a Book Talk commercial for. 


Session #3


1.  Students will be introduced to the class wiki.  Using the Smart Board students will be given a demonstration of how to use the wiki to collaborate with their group to write a script for their book talk.

2.  Each group will explore their wiki page by writing a short paragraph listing their book choice, author and explaining why they chose their book.


Sessions #4 & 5


1.  Students will brainstorm ideas for their book talk using the ideas listed on the Book Talk template.

2.  Students will use the scripting website to create a working script for their Book Talk.  Group members are encouraged to edit and add to their wiki during class time as well.


Session # 6


1. Students will practice reading their scripts with their group several times.  Students are encouraged to refer to Book Talk checklist to be sure their Book Talk will cover all the information and be interesting.  Partners will give suggestions to each other to improve presentation (volume, pacing, articulation, expression, pausing, sound effects, music, etc.)

2.  When groups are ready, record the Book Talk using Audacity software.  Export the Book Talk as an .mp3.



Self/Peer Assessment (Student)

1. Using the Book Talk rubric each student will assess his/her own work using the student rubric for Book Talks.

expectations outlined above; specifically, inclusion of the three elements: title and author (correct spelling); synopsis of plot; and the effectiveness of the commercial.

2. Students will assess 3 commercials by listening to them on the wiki. From listening to the book talk commercials they will choose one book to listen to.

They will then post a comment on the wiki indicating WHAT about the commercial made them read that book and how they liked the book.


Assessment (Teacher)

1.  Using the comprehensive Book Talk rubric the teacher assesses the expectations outlined above; specifically, inclusion of the three elements: title and author (correct spelling); synopsis of plot; and the effectiveness of the commercial.





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