Speaking & Listening

Peer Learning Routines

Review two examples of how peer partner work and pair-sharing are integrated into an oral reading practice activity and a fifth grade mathematics activity at Cahuenga Elementary.

 

FEATURING: Cahuenga Elementary (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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 circles, a reflection assignment, and sentence starters for discussions.

 

FEATURING: Rebecca Wieder, Ninth-Grade Teacher, Gateway High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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, discussion director, connector, literary luminary, and literary terms expert. Watch how she sets goals with her class for effective group discussions. View the sample material, Literature Circles Lesson Plan and Materials, for more details.

 

FEATURING: Rebecca Wieder, Ninth-Grade Teacher, Gateway High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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 lesson plan includes student guidelines for engaging in partner and small group discussions. The lesson concludes with class presentations, a question-and-answer period, and individual student reflections. An example of student work is also included here.

 

FEATURING: Laurie Erby, Seventh-Grade Teacher, Saline Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Student-Driven Discussions in Social Studies

Listen to a teacher talk about how she scaffolds text discussion using pair-share, small group discussion, and large group share-out activities. Hear her description of the gradual release of responsibility from teacher to student, with the end-goal of student-driven discussions. View the related sample material, Social Studies Pair-Sharing and Discussion Guidelines.

 

FEATURING: Laurie Erby, Seventh-Grade Teacher, Saline Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Analyzing Speeches

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, note-taking sheets for identifying figurative language, and a template for comparing and contrasting speeches by Chavez and King.

 

FEATURING: Jim Burke, English Teacher, Burlingame High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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 discussions and describes note-taking organizers he uses to help students prepare for text discussions. View the sample materials, Analyzing Speeches and "Four R" Notetaking Template, for more details.

 

FEATURING: Jim Burke, English Teacher, Burlingame High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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 understanding. Student work examples are included to show how these resources were used during an astronomy lesson.

 

FEATURING: Heather Howlett, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Three Fires Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Using Metacognitive Logs in Science

In this astronomy lesson, a teacher uses a two-column metacognitive reading log to help students organize their questions and observations. Listen to how she evaluates student learning through log entries, pair-share worksheets, and self-reflections. View the related sample material, Reflective Science Reading Logs and Evaluation Rubric.

 

FEATURING: Heather Howlett, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Three Fires Middle School (MI)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Mark It Up!

The Mark It Up! strategy is used by eighth-grade language arts teacher Kelly O'Brien to scaffold small group text discussions. The teacher's lesson plan, text discussion, Mark It Up! guidelines, and theme activities are included here to show how the teacher supports students in making text connections.

 

FEATURING: Kelly O'Brien, Eighth-Grade Teacher, Pocomoke Middle School (MD)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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