This resource, which is aligned to the Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards, features ten topics that encourage critical thinking on any short story, novel or play. An example of a topic for discussion is “Did the story change your thinking about people and life? Or, did it affirm what you already know? Explain.” This resource also includes an introduction to collaborative discussions, guidelines for collaborative discussions, sentence starters for discussions and an assessment tool. The sentence starters include examples for acknowledge ideas of group members and building on them, paraphrasing another’s idea, asking for clarification, expressing an opinion, stating an idea, presenting a different perspective on a topic and disagreeing respectfully. The Collaborative Discussion Self-Assessment will enable students to better understand their strengths in speaking and listening and to determine how they will remedy their weaknesses. An example of an assessment questions is, “Did I speak clearly and explain further if someone asked for clarification? For example, I . . . .”
This product is aligned to the Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards for grades 7 - 12.
These are other products which focus on the elements of story and can be used for any short story, novel or play:
Record of Reading – Understanding the Elements of Story
Informative Essay Writing – Understanding the Elements of Story
Argumentative Essay Writing – Understanding the Elements of Story
Narrative Writing – Understanding the Elements of Story