Thanks to Alice Ozma's inspiration, I incorporated a book talk club into my reading workshop. The first round just ended and the students filmed and edited their talks using the local t.v. station's equipment.
Four students participated this first round. The books they chose were Mrs. Dole is Out of Control by Dan Gutman; Unsinkable: the Titanic Part 1 by Gordon Korman; Travel Team by Mike Lupica; and I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis.
I gave the students two weeks to read a book of their choice. Then they wrote their book talks and shared them with the club members. Great advice and compliments were given and the quality of the book talks improved drastically. More drafts were written until they were happy with their talk.
Memorizing and rehearsing was the next step. Last, filming and then editing.
Here are the finished book talks: