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Daily Book Boosts
|Grades||3 – 5|
|Lesson Plan Type||Recurring Lesson|
|Estimated Time||50 minutes; thereafter: 5 minutes daily|
Each day at the end of their independent reading time, students give Book Boosts, one-minute raves about books they’ve read. Students select a book that they really enjoyed and then give a one-minute talk that generates interest in the book but does not give away the book’s ending. Students can boost their books in a variety of ways, including creating alternate book covers, designing posters or flyers, or making promotional bookmarks. Have students take turns giving book boosts with two students giving a Book Boost each class day. These Book Boosts are easy ways to suggest a multitude of titles to students, and they act as a way for students to have something to think about as they read.
Book Cover Creator: Students use this online tool to design and print a book cover or dust jacket for a text they have read or have written themselves.
Book Boosts, as described by Martha Sierra-Perry, provide students with the opportunity to celebrate successful milestones in their literacy explorations by sharing books and ideas with other students, who, in turn, are encouraged in their own explorations. Books become personalized as individual student voices exclaim a book's wonders. As the students listen to one another as readers and explorers, Book Boosts help bond students in the literacy community of the classroom.
This lesson is based on Deb Foertsch's Large-Group Instruction, as described in Sierra-Perry, Martha. 1996. Standards in Practice: Grades 3-5. Urbana: NCTE. pp. 2-25.