Academic Conversation Placemats

Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
Academic Conversation Placemats
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  1. Throughout the grade levels, students are asked to comprehend various text genres using various text levels. It is important for students to be given the tools needed to deconstruct text. With this bundle, students learn to annotate text, support their annotations, discuss the text at their language
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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)

♥Story Structure

♥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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Read, Think, Mark: Annotation Marks

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Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using frequently occurring conjunctions to signal simple relationships (e.g., because).
Speak in complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation in order to provide requested detail or clarification.
Ask and answer questions about information from a speaker, offering appropriate elaboration and detail.
Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 3 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
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