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Daily Book Boosts

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Daily Book Boosts

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Recurring Lesson
Estimated Time 50 minutes; thereafter: 5 minutes daily
Lesson Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia


National Council of Teachers of English


Student Objectives

Preparing Students for Book Boosts

Managing Book Boosts

Student Assessment/Reflections



Students will

  • apply a range of strategies to evaluate and appreciate the books that they read.

  • match their review of the book to the interests and personalities of their classmates, their audience.

  • establish and maintain a knowledgeable, reflective, and analytical literacy community in the classroom.

  • use spoken language to accomplish their purpose, boosting books that they have read.

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Preparing Students for Book Boosts

  1. Explain the guidelines for Book Boosts to the class: each student gives a one-minute recommendation for a book. The one-minute time limit is strictly enforced.

  2. As they choose books to share with Book Boosts, encourage students to follow these basic rules:

    • They have to have read the book.

    • They have to really love the book. (It's a book BOOST, not a book bust)

    • They have to keep the boost to one minute.

    • They must not give away the book's ending.
  3. Explain how students will take turns giving Book Boosts. You might choose students in the order in which they're seated, alphabetically, by a sign-up sheet, or some other method; however, make your method public so that students know when their turn is coming.

  4. If students will use the book review form to record details about their books in the class favorites list, pass out copies of the handout and discuss how to fill out the form.

  5. Share existing short book reviews and related materials with students to provide some models for their work:

    • Show videotaped book reviews from Meet Me at the Corner. Although many of these reviews are longer than the one minute allotted to Book Boosts, students can analyze the pieces and discuss how the readers boost the books that they talk about.

    • As part of the demonstration, you might invite older students from another class, the principal, and other adults to give a Book Boost for a book that they have enjoyed.
  6. Demonstrate additional ways that students can boost their books as part of their one-minute talk:

    • Create an alternative book cover for the book using the Book Cover Creator. Make additional copies and pass them out to others in the class who are interested in the book.

    • Design posters or flyers with construction paper and markers that advertise the book. Post these advertisements in the classroom or school library.

    • Make bookmarks that promote the book, and pass out copies to others in class.

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Managing Book Boosts

  1. At the end of the independent reading time, bring the class together and call on the next student who will give a Book Boost.

  2. The chosen student gives a Book Boost, following the guidelines that have been established.

  3. If the student has additional artifacts to share (e.g., bookmarks, a customized book cover, and so forth), help the student pass out or display the work.

  4. Have the student add the book to the class's list or file of favorite books. If desired, students can generate an annotated class favorites list using a book review form, which is placed conspicuously by the classroom library in a three-ring binder and is added to throughout the year.

  5. Repeat these steps with another student, so that two students give a Book Boost each day.

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  • Although you may track studentsí participation anecdotally or more formally, the Book Boosts themselves donít usually require assessment. The studentsí eagerness to share their enthusiasm for the books they speak about illustrates that the activityís goals have been met.

  • You might ask students to note their Book Boosts in their journals, literature logs, or reading portfolio and to reflect on the feedback from the classmates.

  • Periodically, the class might evaluate the format of the Book Boosts and establish additional requirements or suggestions (for instance, the Booster should always include the title and the authorís name).

  • If recording equipment is available to you, you might make a video recording of the students Book Boosts early in the year and again at the end of the year. By looking at both, you can assess their growth during the year.

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