There is nothing like an active discussion in a classroom. I love seeing every kid excited and hands raised. Of course with the excitement comes those who can't wait to be called on, too, but that's okay. At least they're engaged. I have found the secret to how to get kids talking. The first step is to arm them with key phrases that you want to hear, such as:
I agree with ____________ because . . .
I disagree with ________________ because. . .
In addition to what ______________ said. . .
Can you tell me more?
And my favorite, "What makes you say that?"
All of these sorts of phrases enhance accountable talk. The next thing needed is that topic that not everyone agrees on. In this political climate, you can easily find this, but you may not want to. How about a story where the character is faced with a challenging decision? You can follow these with your lively discussions on whether or not the right thing was done. This works well with just about any story or novel.
To help you have fun getting your kids talking, I have many short passages that are purposely written to be vague!
Here is a free product that will get kids talking. My only request is that you leave feedback so that others can find it.
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And now, for musical selections!
First up is Bonnie Raitt with Something to Talk About.
Those who have been with me for awhile, may have seen this one on my blog, but it's worth posting, again. Two of the greatest musical talents of all times have joined together, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson are classic in Say, Say, Say!