I teach 5th grade...just started right before Christmas. The previous teacher did book talks with the students and I am having a hard time with them. I tried to keep up with the book talks that the kids already had scheduled, but I found that they were taking the topic from the book (wrestling, ducks, etc...) and doing more of an informative speech on that topic with no mention of the book they read or anything. The teacher left no rubric or anything for me to go by to even know what they were required to do. So I decided that I would select a genre of the month and require all of the students to read a book within that genre. At the end of every month, their book reports will be due. I would like to offer them a variety of choices when completing these reports. I think that I will have every student fill out a general form giving information about the book, but then offer other choices for a project that will be done. This month's genre is fantasy. They have checked out the books and are just reading them right now because I dont want them reading to complete the project. I know that several students will be finishing soon though and I would like to let them know where they are going with this. I have a few ideas for different projects, but would like to offer a list with many choices. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!