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Discussing the Text

Good readers discuss what they have read. The mere act of discussion causes students to rethink the material they have just read.  Discussion also allows students to hear various viewpoints on the material.  Students must be instructed on how to participate in a productive discussion, sharing ideas and honoring the opinion of others.  Below are two examples of discussion structures and several links that will help teachers use discussion to increase comprehension of text.

Save the Last Word for Me Protocol

Socratic Seminar


Websites on Discussing the Text:

Just Read Now!  Discussion Strategies

Encouraging Student Participation in Discussion

10 Techniques for Energizing Your Classroom Discussion

Reading Workshop:  Student-Led Discussion Groups

Blogging Basics: Creating Student Journals on the Web

Classroom Blogs and Wikis

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