Teaching Resource

Talking About Books Prompts

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A prompt for students to use when orally discussing books.

Nurture a love of reading and expose your students to new books through book chats.

Encourage your students to use this checklist as a prompt when talking about books they’ve read. Use the prompts for either formal or informal chats about books. The teaching resource includes prompts for both fiction and non-fiction books. 

These prompts are perfect to use in conjunction with other resources related to fostering a love of reading such as the Reading Preferences Survey or our Book Wish List.

For more ideas on reading engagement, visit our blog.

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  • ACELT1589

    Compare opinions about characters, events and settings in and between textsElaborationsdiscussing each others’ preferences for stories set in familiar or unfamiliar worlds, or about people whose lives are like or unlike their own (Skills: Litera...

  • ACELT1591

    Discuss the characters and settings of different texts and explore how language is used to present these features in different waysElaborationsdescribing features of text settings including time, colours used to portray year, season, and place (count...

  • ACELY1699

    Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students’ own experiences and present and justify a point of viewElaborationsasking specific questions to clarify a speaker’s meaning, mak...

  • ACELT1596

    Draw connections between personal experiences and the worlds of texts, and share responses with othersElaborationsdiscussing relevant prior knowledge and past experiences to make meaningful connections to the people, places, events, issues and ideas ...

  • ACELA1501

    Understand that patterns of language interaction vary across social contexts and types of texts and that they help to signal social roles and relationshipsElaborationsidentifying ways in which cultures differ in making and responding to common reques...

  • ACELY1676

    Listen to and contribute to conversations and discussions to share information and ideas and negotiate in collaborative situationsElaborationsparticipating in collaborative discussions, building on and connecting ideas and opinions expressed by other...

  • ACELA1461

    Understand that language varies when people take on different roles in social and classroom interactions and how the use of key interpersonal language resources varies depending on contextElaborationsexploring how terms of address are used to signal ...

  • ACELT1603

    Discuss literary experiences with others, sharing responses and expressing a point of viewElaborationssharing and discussing students’ own and others’ understanding of the effects of particular literary techniques on their appreciation of t...

  • ACELT1605

    Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers’ interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tensionElaborationsexamining the author’s description of a c...

  • ACELY1792

    Use interaction skills, including active listening behaviours and communicate in a clear, coherent manner using a variety of everyday and learned vocabulary and appropriate tone, pace, pitch and volumeElaborationsparticipating in pair, group and clas...

  • ACELY1796

    Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposesElaborationsparticipating in pair, group, class and school speaking...

  • ACELY1688

    Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coher...

  • ACELT1598

    Develop criteria for establishing personal preferences for literatureElaborationsbuilding a conscious understanding of preference regarding topics and genres of personal interest (for example humorous short stories, school and family stories, mysteri...

  • ACELT1590

    Identify aspects of different types of literary texts that entertain, and give reasons for personal preferencesElaborationsdescribing features of texts from different cultures including recurring language patterns, style of illustrations, elements of...

  • ACELY1677

    Plan and deliver short presentations, providing some key details in logical sequenceElaborationsdrawing on relevant research into a topic to prepare an oral or multimodal presentation, using devices such as storyboards to plan the sequence of ideas a...

  • ACELY1667

    Rehearse and deliver short presentations on familiar and new topicsElaborationsadjusting presentation for different audiences (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability)preparing and giving oral presentations, i...

  • ACELY1700

    Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations for defined audiences and purposes incorporating accurate and sequenced content and multimodal elementsElaborationsplanning a report on a topic, sequencing ideas logically and providing supporting detail, incl...

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