Book Talk Cafe

Dear Students and Parents,

 Rather than collecting book reports this month, I will host a Book Talk Café.   One of my goals is to develop students who are lifelong readers.  As an adult, after I have read a book, I like to talk about it with others who may find it interesting.  I also like to hear about books that my friends have read.  Book Talk Café will involve learning about the art of conversation.

 Here are some ideas I might share in a conversation about books.    

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  •  Title and author
  • Interesting information about the author, including other books he/she wrote
  • Genre
  • Where and when the book is set
  • Why I picked the book up in the first place
  • What I thought about the author’s writing
  • What characters I liked and didn’t like
  • What parts of the plot I thought were exciting
  • What parts of the plot I thought were unrealistic
  • What I learned from the story
  • Whether or not I liked this book and why

 You should think about how you would answer these questions for the book you read this month.

 It’s also nice to have something to eat while you are enjoying conversation with your friends.  Of course, eating with others has its own etiquette.  In addition to practicing the art of conversation, we will also practice good manners.   Dining in a pleasant atmosphere adds to the enjoyment of the food and conversation.   I will provide some decorations for our café, some simple refreshments, and a brief overview of appropriate manners for conversation and dining.  If any parents would be interested in supplementing our menu, we would all be appreciative.  Please let me know via your child, through email, or as a blog comment.

 Our Book Talk Café will take place on Thursday, March 21st

 Thank you so much!


~Mrs. Donofrio

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2 thoughts on “Book Talk Cafe

  1. Hi Mrs. Donofrio!
    I am very excited for the Book Talk Cafe. I will be sure to bring in a tasty treat to share with the class! I am sure we will have so much fun sharing to each other about our books! Thanks for all you do!

    • You are welcome, Sadie. I am looking forward to the Book Talk Cafe as well, especially since I have never hosted one of these before. I’ve never attended one, either, but from learning about it at the Blue Ribbon Conference, I think it will be fun and educational, my two favorite adjectives to describe school. I like to try new things in class, too. It helps keep school interesting for me. Going through middle school for five years in a row can become a bit tedious! I think Mrs. Gunther is a saint; she’s been in middle school for 30-something years! Imagine that.
      ~Mrs. Donofrio

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