Keep the Conversation Going is an excellent way to teach students how to have an engaging conversation. Prior to beginning literature circles, I have students complete this activity. It's fun, it teaches them interesting facts about their classmates, but more importantly, it helps students practice how to have a conversation. The "Keep the Conversation Going" Worksheet has scripted conversation stems that help students practice how to further a discussion. What's great about this activity is that you can use the "Keep the Conversation Going" worksheet for student's first initial literature discussion/circle.
Included in this download:
Keep the Conversation Going Worksheet
100 Questions (I have included this set in black and white as well as colored)