Academic conversation and writing response stems can be used in any content area and during large and small group conversations. Introduce one or two at a time. Before you know it, your students will be engaging in more in depth and thoughtful academic conversations. They are especially helpful in supporting ESL students as they develop academic and conversational language and writing skills.
The academic conversation starters can be posted in the classroom for visual conversation clues or placed on student desks. These conversation and writing stems can also be placed in student response or writing notebooks.