"Hearing is a sound, listening is a thought." (Michael Opitz and Matthew Zbaracki, 2004)
Engaging students in a discussion is much more than just staying quiet while another student or the teacher speaks. It requires participants to hold others' thinking against their own in order to strengthen and support their comprehension, understandings and beliefs. When discussing a text with a large group, or sometimes even a small group, it's sometimes difficult to know if all students are engaged, especially students who tend to fly under the radar and rarely share their thinking or even those who dominate the conversation.
This lesson supports not just the speaking, but the listening element in a class discussion. It allows students to recognize and identify the benefits of discussion, and build their discussion stamina. This lesson can be used more than once (in fact, it creates great discussion habits) with a variety of texts. This also offers alternate lessons.