Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel

Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel
Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel
Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel
Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel
Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel
Literature Discussion Starter Cards - for any story or novel
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Getting students to intelligently discuss the story or novel they have read can be a challenge. How to get started? What to do with that awkward silence? What to discuss? I made these Discussion Starter Cards to solve the problems that kept coming up in my class and to get students critically thinking about their reading. There are 66 cards total. They are color-coded by topic: Plot, Setting, Theme, Character, and Personal Perspective. I like to print out the cards on cardstock and laminate them so they can be used again each year.

These cards can be used in many ways for ANY short story or novel. Students love them because they add a game-like element to our discussions. Here are just a few of the ways they can be used to enhance your classroom discussion:

✔ Students draw a card whenever that awkward silence pops up...in Socratic Circles, Literature Circles, small group discussion, or class-wide discussion.
✔ Pre-select a few question cards from each topic and assign to a group; the group discusses and then presents to the class (one group on theme, one on plot, etc.)
✔ Choose a single card to project and have students discuss or write their response to the question
✔ Pre-select a few question cards to guide student reading before a story. Have them take notes and make comments on the questions as they read the story.

Please Note:
These cards are included in my Digital Literature Circle Unit . If you own the unit, you already have these cards! :)


What’s included:
66 Discussion Starter Cards (PDF)

Common Core State Standards:
★ Reading Literature: 1-3
★ Speaking and Listening: 1

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