"They [students] need to hear what other kids think
and that builds on the layers of what they each are thinking
and it makes them ask questions."
8th Grade Teacher, Oyster River Middle School
Durham, New Hampshire
We learn best by contemplating and synthesizing new information.
By turning over new concepts in our minds and raising questions,
we better understand how to apply the knowledge in multiple
situations. This is what makes us critical thinkers.
discussion gives students an opportunity to develop their
own interpretations, challenge their initial understandings,
raise questions, and grow as critical thinkers and literate
members of society.
How can teachers encourage thoughtful discussion in their
literature classrooms? What instructional techniques encourage
students to discuss literature and how do we plan for these
discussions? In this workshop, eight middle school teachers
address these concerns and share strategies they use to support
and nurture students' discussion of literature.
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For a complete guide to the workshop session activities,
download and print our Support Materials.