Text Discussion in Elementary School
Active engagement with texts improves students' understanding of what they are reading. One way to engage students with text is by facilitating whole-group, small-group, or partner text discussions. When students participate in high-quality discussions around text it can foster engagement and understanding, help them learn how to think deeply about a text, and promote critical thinking skills.
New literacy standards call for close reading as well as conversation and collaboration with peers. The research-based recommendations around text discussion in the IES Practice Guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade, and the expert and classroom videos below explain how to put text discussion into action with young learners.
Dr. P. David Pearson, member of the IES panel that created the Practice Guide, Improving Reading Comprehension in Kindergarten Through 3rd Grade, describes the value and benefits of text discussion and offers suggestions for planning, structuring, and supporting discussions.