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Graded Discussion Rubric & 50 Discussion Stems for Secondary ELA

Bespoke ELA
Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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This products contains 50 Discussion Starter Stems for Graded Discussions in Secondary ELA! The first file includes the graded discussion guidelines that I use with my students in order to assess their critical thinking, listening, speaking, reading, and persuasive skills. The guide contains the notations that I use to account for each students' comments by using checkmarks and other symbols to award bonus points.

The second file contains 50 Discussion Starter Stems that will help students participate in class discussions about literature. The Discussion Stems range from comprehension to analysis to evaluation, and they model for students how to join a conversation about literature. These Discussion Starter Stems are an excellent tool to relieve some of the anxiety and pressure students often feel when expected to participate in class discussions.

Overall, this is a very easy guide for both teacher and student to use throughout the year as a means for integrating discussion into the ELA classroom. Class discussions are a key component of the ELA classroom because they allow students to take ownership of their learning and interact with each other in an organic way. Discussion is also an effective way to target Common Core skills, and this guide will get your students doing just that!


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.


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