Accountable Talk Discussion Strategies for Student Engagement - Back to School

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These 10 simple discussion strategies will increase engagement as your students have meaningful accountable talk conversations with their peers. The colorful posters are ready to print and hang or digitally project in your classroom for easy reference when you want to get kids speaking and listening about topics or text.

Introduce and model a few strategies at a time then mix it up throughout the year to maintain high student engagement and accountability during discussions.

Posters and accountability recording sheets are accessible digitally as Google Slides.

Strategy Posters and materials included:

1. Conversation Chips

2. Colored Conversation

3. Partner Talk

4. String Speech

5. 4 Corner Quad

6. Talking Text

7. Catch the Lie

8. Conversation Stick

9. Stand and Share

10. Think and Share

We have included strategy materials where applicable along with student recording / accountability pages that can be implemented along with these discussion strategies.

Are you tired of using the same discussion strategy over and over again? If you love the tried and true strategy "Turn and Talk" but are ready to add more discussion strategies to your teaching tool belt, these activities are just for you!

Visit our blog article to find out more about using discussion strategies and accountable talk in the classroom.

Please be aware that our 5 Step Lesson Planning Guide includes similar posters to the ones that come with this download. If you already own the 5 Step Lesson Planning Guide, you have some of these posters, although you do not have the recording / accountability sheets that accompany each strategy.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).
Continue a conversation through multiple exchanges.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


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