Get your students talking about text! Building students’ knowledge of academic language is essential for academic success. These Academic Conversation Placemats use sentence frames to encourage students to speak in complete sentences with varying degrees of grammatical complexity.
These placemats were created to be used with both fiction and non-fiction text. They promote discussion around text, which research shows increases reading comprehension.
Each placemat begins with having students prepare to read by making predictions or looking at text features. Then, as students read, they use the placemats to engage in conversations about the text depending on the purpose of the reading (e.g. compare and contrast, cause and effect. . .). Finally, after reading, students engage in higher-order thinking by discussing theme, lessons, morals, connections to self, character traits, and more.
These can be used in partner conversations, small group discussions, Socratic Seminar, during read alouds, or books clubs.
This resource includes 15 different placemats with 3 levels for each placemat. The leveled placemats allow students to speak at their levels, but about the same topic. The complexity of each sentence frame varies by level.
You will find:
♥P.I.E. (persuade, inform, entertain)
♥Fable and Moral
♥Compare and Contrast Fiction
♥Before, During, and After Fiction (1 and 2)
♥Text Features Non-Fiction
♥Main Topic Non-Fiction
♥Sequence of Events Non-Fiction
♥Cause and Effect Non-Fiction
♥Compare and Contrast Non-Fiction
♥Problem and Solution Non-Fiction
♥Author's Purpose (Answer a Question)
♥Author's Purpose (To Describe)
♥Author's Purpose (To Explain)
♥You will also find editable placemats to add your own sentence frames.
Since there are 3 levels for each placemat, you are able to level your students' conversations. Or if you find one placemat to be appropriate for your entire class, use just one. These placemats are perfect for language arts, science, social studies, or English Language Development.
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