Use this discussion strategy to help students practice being contributors and listeners in a group conversation.
Students compose poems using only words, phrases, or quotations from a text that they find meaningful.
Encourage all students to share their quick reactions to a question, topic, or text.
Get students thinking about the ideas and themes that they’ll encounter in a unit or a text.
Develop a classroom contract to create a community of mutual respect and inclusion.
Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.
Support students’ tracking of new or important vocabulary by displaying these words in a shared space in the classroom.
Spark students’ interest in a book before reading it by having them make predictions and ask questions about its contents.
Students become “experts” on a topic and then share their new knowledge with peers.
Help students strengthen their literacy skills by increasing the complexity of the questions they need to answer about a text.