Help students take ownership for their reading and learning with Readers’ Roundtable discussion! This resource facilitates speaking and listening in class and imitates the style of Socratic Seminar. Furthermore, it includes two editable documents which allow the teacher to change the opening journal prompts and closing reflection questions for his or her needs. It also includes an editable rubric.
Before students begin discussion, they use the SALT handout and inference graphic organizer to guide their reading and prepare them for Readers’ Roundtable. The SALT sheet requires them to summarize, analyze author’s craft, define vocabulary, and identify meaningful text support. Then they infer selected quotes by drawing conclusions, making predictions, and forming connections. The teacher may use the included models to help students understand the handouts.
On the days of Readers’ Roundtable, each discussion procedure handout guides students through a quick write, goal setting, partner rehearsal, inner and outer circles, whip around and hot seat, observation notes, and reflection. By getting your students engaged in their own reading discussion, you will be able to act more as the facilitator than the director of their learning.
The 20 page resource comes as a Zip file and includes the following:
teacher instructions, SALT handout and inference graphic organizer, model graphic organizers, student response sheet, five discussion procedure handouts with journal prompts and reflection questions (and editable version), observation notes handout, rubric (and editable version), and “hot seat” mini-posters (color and black/white).
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