"Table Texting" is a fun, interactive strategy you can use with any piece of text or topic. The key is to pose a higher-level question that encourages thinking among students. Students respond to the question in writing. The teacher or facilitator collects the papers and redistributes them. Students get to read other responses and reply. The process continues until all of the speech bubbles are completed. At the end, students get to read their classmates' responses. I have used this with success with my gifted students in grades 4 and 5. This can easily be adapted using any literary selection or subject.
This product includes the "Table Texting" template with teacher directions and suggested follow up activities.