Provide opportunities for extended text discussion and student engagement.

One important way to improve students' reading comprehension is to engage them in high-quality text discussions in pairs or groups. Discussions in English and content area classes that encourage students to unpack the information in the text, make inferences, or consider different points of view are particularly effective in promoting their understanding of complex material.

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Planning for Engaging Text Discussions

Trainers, coaches, and expert teachers are encouraged to use this planner to provide in-service training on facilitating text discussion. During this session, teachers will view or listen to four...

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04/01/2014
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Observation Tool: Using Text Discussion to Further Reading Comprehension

A teacher or teacher trainer can use this tool to observe a colleague or video of a classroom discussion and reflect on key elements for preparing students for text discussion. Related Media and...

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04/01/2014
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Learning Together About Engaging Text Discussion

Trainers, coaches, and expert teachers are encouraged to use these exercises to provide in-service training about extended text discussion. During this session, teachers will work in the larger...

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04/01/2014
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Analyzing Speeches: Homework Assignments and Note-Taking Templates

These materials assignments from teacher Jim Burke's high school English class include assignments using Obama's keynote address assignment, a speech assignment on Cesar Chavez's speech,...

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04/01/2014
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"Four R" Note-Taking Template

English teacher Jim Burke created this template to help students take notes as they read a text. Related Media and Files: Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion...

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04/01/2014
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Social Studies Pair-Sharing and Discussion Guidelines

This PowerPoint outlines a seventh-grade social studies lesson that scaffolds text discussion strategies to help students develop an understanding of the experiences of Chernobyl survivors. The...

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04/01/2014
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Reflective Science Reading Logs and Evaluation Rubric

Science teacher Heather Howlett uses reading logs to support student questioning and text discussion. The evaluation rubric is used to assist students with self-evaluation of their progress and...

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04/01/2014
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Mark It Up! Questioning and Making Connections

The Mark It Up! strategy is used by eighth-grade language arts teacher Kelly O'Brian to scaffold small group text discussions. The teacher's lesson plan, text discussion, Mark It Up! guidelines,...

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04/01/2014
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Literature Circles Lesson Plan and Materials

This set of materials, provided by Rebecca Wieder, includes a lesson plan for literature circles as well as the following materials for students: a description of student roles in literature...

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03/31/2014
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Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion

Building Academic Literacy Through Text Discussion

Listen to high school English teacher Jim Burke describe the importance of providing opportunities for adolescents to discuss text. He explains how he establishes a supportive environment for...

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03/31/2014
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Literature Circles in High School

Literature Circles in High School

Ninth-grade Humanities teacher Rebecca Wieder describes how she facilitates literature circle discussions. Wieder's students discuss a novel in groups where each plays a role: summarizer,...

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03/31/2014
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Mark It Up! Scaffolding Text Discussion

Mark It Up! Scaffolding Text Discussion

Kelly O'Brien scaffolds text discussion by modeling strategies for thinking about text, helps students make connections, and provides guidelines for organizing reading for meaning. View the related...

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03/31/2014
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