Classroom discussions are important for student learning and achievement. Use the following passages and task cards in small groups, Guided Reading, or in a center. The list below highlights how classroom discussions impact student learning.
Discussion is a way of exploring new ideas
Students gain knowledge and insight from diverse points of view
Conversation provides practice
Students recognize and investigate their assumptions
Teachings respectful and attentive listening skills
Develops communication skills
Develops positive habits of collaborative learning
Active participation in learning experience
Supports Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards
S.L.1“Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.”
S.L.3 “Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.”
S.L.4 “Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.”
Includes 7 passages with 6 comprehension task cards for each text. Reading levels range from 730-1050.
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