Why I love this: This discussion format is so amazing because it can be a quick ten minutes long or you can edit and modify to fill up an entire class period. Students are 100% responsible for getting as "deep" as possible when answering the prompt because all we do as the teacher is move a magnetized marker up, down, left, right, on, or off the iceberg as students are talking to reflect their progress.
Bonus! This works as a nonverbal classroom management strategy too! If students are getting off task or straying away from professional discourse, I move the marker off the iceberg either slightly or significantly. They do an incredible job getting back on track without me needing to say a single thing! If the conversation is getting repetitive, or the same voices are contributing, I keep the marker in one spot until someone brings up new evidence, vocabulary, or a new voice speaks up.
As always, this resource is editable to fit your class' needs in any content area. It's currently set up for In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez to argue whether a home "burning" or "crumbling" is more traumatizing.
This pairs perfectly with my Discussion Sentence Frames to Increase Student Confidence resource in my store!