Readers' Advisory for Children and Young Adults

An Instructional Session by Tanya Rogoschewsky

Lesson Plan for Presentation

Location: Room 3-22, Rutherford South
Date: December 5, 2005
Time: 1:00 pm
Audience: Teachers, School Librarians and School Library Volunteers


Participants will learn the basics of readerís advisory, become familiar with available advisory tools and develop the skills necessary to do successful readerís advisory within their school library.


Participants will:
- Express increased confidence in conducting readers advisory interviews
- Understand the factors that make successful readers advisory interviews
- Demonstrate the practices of readers advisory interviews in role playing exercise
- Be able to recommend materials for specific scenarios
- Be familiar with a variety of readerís advisory tools
- Be capable of choosing the best tool to provide appropriate books.
- Have ideas for alternate ways of providing readerís advisory


- Powerpoint presentation on readerís advisory
- Handout guide (for future reference)
- Exercise handout
- List of readers advisory books:


Section 1 Ė Presentation: 15 minute powerpoint presentation covering:
- Readerís advisory interviews dos and doníts
- Questions to ask in an interview
- Review of readers advisory tools Ė strengths, weakness, how to use
- Other possibilities for doing reader's advisory

Section 2 Ė Exercises
The participants will be broken into groups of two to complete two types of exercises. The exercises are intended to give them practical experience using the information taught.
- Exercise 1 Ė participants will become familiar with the advisory guides given and use them to recommend books in specific scenarios.
- Exercise 2 Ė participants will practice their interviewing skills through role-playing exercises

Section 3: Discussion and Quesions
A short discussion session will be held following the exercise section.


The instructor will observe students through the exercise to evaluate them level of success in using the materials in practice.

Participants will also be asked to complete a one page evaluation form. The form will ask them to rate the overall presentation and its usefulness. It was also include the specific objectives identified above and ask participants to rate their level of success in achieving them. A comments section will be included in the evaluation form.

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