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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.
Students create a performance that conveys a text’s message, theme, or conflict.
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.
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.
Have students facilitate a discussion in order to work together toward a shared understanding of a text.
Small groups of students move from station to station to read, watch, and interpret a variety of resources.
Use this creative character-analysis activity to help students develop understanding of and empathy for a literary or historical figure.