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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
http://www.justreadnow.com/strategies/discussion.htm

Encouraging Student Participation in Discussion
http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/participation.html

10 Techniques for Energizing Your Classroom Discussion
http://web.grcc.edu/CTL/faculty%20resources/ten_techniques_for_energizing.htm

Reading Workshop:  Student-Led Discussion Groups
http://content.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=4255

Blogging Basics: Creating Student Journals on the Web
http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/techtorial/techtorial037print.shtml

Classroom Blogs and Wikis
http://my-ecoach.com/online/webresourcelist.php?rlid=4992



  
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