Speaking & Listening

Mark It Up!

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 sample material, Mark It Up! Questioning and Making Connections.

 

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

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Reciprocal Teaching in High School

Teacher Suzanne Herko describes how she teaches her Humanities students about the strategies and structures of Reciprocal Teaching. Watch students discuss literature in small groups while playing the role of discussion leader, summarizer, questioner, or predictor. See the sample material, Reciprocal Teaching Roles, for more lesson details.

 

FEATURING: Suzanne Herko, Humanities Teacher, Gateway High School (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Classroom "Do Now" and "Exit Tickets"

This student handout contains the "Do Now" and "Exit Ticket" exercises that students complete at the beginning and end of Megan Montgomery's social studies class (I Do, We Do, You Do) each day for one week.

 

FEATURING: Megan Montgomery, Sixth-Grade Teacher, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

 

I Do, We Do, You Do

Sixth-grade teacher Megan Montgomery scaffolds reading comprehension for her students using a spoke diagram graphic organizer of the social studies text. View the sample material, Classroom "Do Now" and "Exit Tickets"  for a closer look at Montgomery's assignments.

 

FEATURING: Megan Montgomery, Sixth-Grade Teacher, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy (CA)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Practical Peer Learning

Listen to principal Elizabeth Heffernan describe ways to use peer learning and pairing strategies for connecting students, including “turn to your partner,” "bottoms up-heads together" team work, and peanut butter-and-jelly.

 

FEATURING: Riverview Elementary (MN)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Third-Grade Buddy Talk Lesson

This “buddy talk” lesson plan includes objectives, materials, and teacher question prompts. Also included here are student worksheets for making text connections and teacher observation checklists for formative assessment. Watch the presentation, Buddy Talk, to hear a description of the lesson.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Buddy Talk

Watch how a third-grade teacher uses partner sharing to help her students discuss questions about what they are reading. She supports her students’ talk by laying the groundwork for effective collaboration and providing supportive structures. For more details, view her lesson plan, Third-Grade Buddy Talk Lesson.

 

FEATURING: Adlai E. Stevenson II Elementary School (IL)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Teacher and Student Literature Discussion Cards

This sample material includes a lesson plan and discussion cards used by a third/fourth-grade teacher to help guide text discussions. The discussion cards provide cues to help students become critical thinkers before, during, and after reading the text. Watch the presentation, Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text, to see the lesson in action.

 

FEATURING: Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

Using Peer Collaboration and Self-Reflection to Engage With Text

A third/fourth-grade teacher describes how she uses discussion cards to engage students during guided reading groups. Students reflect on their reading, make notes, and work in small groups and pairs to share their thinking about their reading. View the related sample material, Teacher and Student Literature Discussion Cards.

 

FEATURING: Erin Vatne, Third- and Fourth-Grade Teacher,  Garfield Elementary School (KS)

SOURCE: Doing What Works

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