Get your students talking with these 33 phrases of accountable talk (Polka Dot Background). The Common Core Standards requires students to engage in collaborative discussions and clearly explain their point of view in their own words. These phrases support collaborative sharing, higher order thinking, and problem solving. Also, there are 2 sets of focus questions. They both have a stripe background but one set has a black frame and the other set has a white frame. There are 20 focus questions. The focus questions would be great to place on a ring for the students.