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Oral Reports
ISBN: 9781432911775
Author: Somervill, Barbara A.
Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree
Published: September 2008
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: A guide to oral reports discusses choosing a topic, doing research, organizing information, bearing the audience in mind, writing, revising, visual aids, practicing, and presenting the report.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Issues
Library of Congress Subjects:
Public speaking; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 372.67
LCCN: 2008001148
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: School Project Survival Guides
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 7.50" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Teaching Resources, Reference
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
These books aim to help students complete school assignments, exploring different elements of a project (e.g., organizing information, studying, revising, working with a team). Graphic organizers and checklists guide readers, and stock photographs illustrate the pages. While the direction is useful, students in need of such help are unlikely to seek out or enjoy these dry and uninspiring texts. Glos., ind. [Review covers these School Projects Survival Guides titles: [cf2]Oral Reports[cf1], [cf2]Studying and Tests[cf1], [cf2]Team Projects[cf1], and [cf2]Written Reports[cf1].] Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 November)

Gr 4-7-Students looking to complete a variety of school assignments successfully will find the help they need in these well-organized, visually-appealing guides. Each title breaks the task into small steps and provides checklists at the end of the chapters so that students can track their progress. Oral Reports and Written Reports contain similar information on choosing appropriate topics, researching, choosing visual aids, organizing facts and preparing the final product. In Studying, readers first determine how they learn best and then use that knowledge to set up an ideal study space, discover how to get the most out of reading textbooks and other sources, and find out how to study for and take tests. Anyone who does group work will appreciate the tips in Team Projects, which gives hints on choosing an assignment, collaborating as a unit, doing library research, and pulling together the final product. A list of sample project ideas is included. Each title stresses the importance of time management and encourages students to use graphic organizers to structure their work. Readers are advised to use the library before getting online, though it is disappointing that the books several times refer to card catalogs, with no mention of their computer counterparts. The texts are broken up with helpful hints, color photographs, sample charts and organizers, and even fun items like puzzles and tongue twisters. This series will not only be useful to students wanting to improve their skills, but also to teachers guiding their classes through the preparation of school projects.

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