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Introduce students to several perspectives on a topic by having them pick a quotation to explore with their classmates.
Help students unpack their responses to a text or video using this structured protocol that requires alternating between thinking and writing.
Encourage class participation and develop students’ active listening skills by reading aloud text excerpts.
Have students work in pairs to read each other's work aloud, and then give each other feedback.
Students create a performance that conveys a text’s message, theme, or conflict.
Help students identify relevant evidence, and give them an opportunity to practice evidence selection with their peers and as a class.
Use this quick way for students to demonstrate their engagement with a text, image, or video by having them identify what they find surprising, interesting, and troubling.
Use this debate-style activity to strengthen students’ ability to use evidence and examples to defend their positions.
This discussion strategy helps students practice being both active speakers and active listeners in a group conversation.
Use this strategy in remote settings to facilitate online small-group discussions where students practice speaking and listening.
Guide students’ analysis of a photograph, artwork, or video with this simple critical-viewing strategy.
Use this strategy to help students consider, compare, and analyze various perspectives on a complex topic.