Student-Led Discussions: How Do I Promote Rich Conversations about Books, Videos, and Other Media?

Student-Led Discussions: How Do I Promote Rich Conversations about Books, Videos, and Other Media?

Student-Led Discussions: How Do I Promote Rich Conversations about Books, Videos, and Other Media?

Student-Led Discussions: How Do I Promote Rich Conversations about Books, Videos, and Other Media?

Synopsis

Student-Led Discussions offers teachers the resources they need to develop meaningful student-led conversations about text and media across the content areas.

Excerpt

The 6th grade lesson began like any other typical classroom activity; the teacher told the students they were going to compare and contrast different texts and genres to understand their approaches to similar themes and topics. However, what happened next differed from what is typically found in many middle school classrooms.

Students gathered in groups of four or five and began to discuss the anchor prompt while using other questions they had generated after reading three books: Iqbal, Wonder, and The Hunger Games. the conversation flowed fluidly with all students participating and asking questions such as, “How would you compare Iqbal in Iqbal to August in Wonder?” “What do you think is worse for August: the bullying because of his face or just the fact that he has a different face?” and “Who do you think experienced more social injustice, Iqbal in Iqbal, August in Wonder, or Katniss in The Hunger Games?” These questions were generated by students of varying abilities, and all members were eager to contribute to the group discussion. Even though not all of the questions were formed properly, they represented the deep thinking students had done on their own.

After this discussion, one of the students, Haroon, shared with his teacher that Wonder was the first chapter book he had read completely on his own. When asked why . . .

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