Group Discussion Starters for Academic Conversation

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Grade Levels
5th - 8th
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21 pages
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Student-friendly discussion starters for academic conversations will add depth and rigor to your next discussion activity, literature circle, Socratic seminar, or fishbowl conversation! A discussion starters menu of options and slideshow provides student choice as they engage in small group or whole class discussions of any fiction or nonfiction text(s) of your choosing. If you're looking for a way to grow academic conversation and discussion skills, this is the speaking and listening resource for you!


Here’s what you’ll receive in this resource:

  1. Discussion Stems "Menu of Options" (1 Page) so that students have all of the discussion stems in an accessible, one-page format that is easy-to-use during any discussion.
  2. Discussion Stems Slideshow in PowerPoint and Google Slide Formats (7 Google Slides, 7 PowerPoint Slides) for teacher use during modeling and instruction, as well as for targeted skill work during a discussion. This is also great for differentiation if you want to print/assign certain slides to different students for targeted skill work.
  3. Discussion Reflection Sheet (1 Page) so that you can build self-reflection and goal-setting into any discussion activity.
  4. Product Links & Teacher Notes (3 Pages) so that you have instructions and tips for using this assignment with students at your fingertips.
  5. Digital “Getting Started” Guide (2 Pages) so that you're easily able to make a copy of the Google Slideshow and share with students as needed.

Discussion texts are not included in this resource.


This resource is helpful for:

★ Teachers who want maximum engagement in a student-led classroom.

★ Teachers who are looking to save time with ready-made resources.

★ Teachers who want to improve the quality of their classroom discussions.


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Total Pages
21 pages
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Teaching Duration
Lifelong tool
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
Summarize the points a speaker makes and explain how each claim is supported by reasons and evidence.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


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