Day 1 (45 minutes)
Explain to students that they will begin a project that will require them to choose a book to present a book talk about. Go over the book talk project sheet with the students. Have students choose an author and keep a list.
Day 2 (45 minutes)
Review with students the overview of the book talk project. Have students brainstorm the following information their chosen books:
1. What is the title of the book?
2. Who is the author? What other books has this author written?
3. What is the general plot of the story (without giving away too much information)
4. Who is the main character of the story? Who is the most interesting character of the story. Explain both.
5. Choose two short passages from the story to read to the class. Why did you choose these passages? What makes them important to the overall story?
6. Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?
7. What was your overall impression / critique of the book?
8. What age / gender do you think would be the most interested in this type of story?
9. What lesson can we learn from this story? How can reading this book make us a better person / society?
10. Is there anything else you would like us to know about this author / book?
Assign students to laptops / computers. Allow students to research websites finding pictures / information to put in the Photostory about their book / author.
Day 3 (45 minutes)
Students continue working on their book talk Photostory presentations from the previous day. As students find out information, documentation should be made. Students should begin creating a script for their Photostory.This script can be worked on as homework and a completed copy brought in for the next day's class.
Day 4 (45 minutes)
Students will finalize Photostory scripts. Students will use Internet access to research and save several pictures of the authors to the computers. Students will then use the saved pictures to begin building their Photostory. Students will use the microphones for the computers to record the prepared scripts onto the story. When students are finished, files should be saved onto a removable drive.
Day 5 (45 minutes)
Complete Photostory from previous day and present projects to the class.