Use these cards to help initiate and guide discussions about books in your classroom. The intention behind them is that kids will acquire new meaning, practice their speaking/analytical skills, and engage in active listening skills through guided book talks. The cards also serve as a review of common literary elements. I used this specific deck with my incoming 6th graders to help them debrief their summer reading and to review key terms. You can use the Discussion Deck in partnerships, small groups, or even as a whole class to initiate class discussion or partner shares.
The cards are designed to be printed, folded (in half), cut, and then laminated to create a "Discussion Deck." Because the downloadable file is a word document, you can add or revise the book talk cards to tailor them to your specific classroom needs. The 5th-6th grade Discussion Deck features 12 cards that would be relevant to any classroom novel or short story, and 3 additional discussion cards each for the following literary genres: historical fiction, science fiction, realistic fiction, and fantasy.
I'm working on revising the deck for 7th-8th grade and will upload those ASAP. Please review the product (especially if you are happy with it!). I am a new TPT seller and none of my products have received feedback or reviews yet. :(