3 Student roles to facilitate discussion about text

 

This tool helps students in small groups discuss a text. It also helps them learn how to do this more independently over time if it is used routinely. The beginning assumption in using this tool is that you have given the students a 1-3 page passage and a question or two that guides how they read. This might be a question about the main claims being made, or about comparing and contrasting ideas. When you first use this, you should model (out loud) how these roles would be enacted and what kind of conversation would be expected.

What we show here is not the form of the document you would give to students. Rather, you’d modify what is below (including the title) in ways that make sense for your students.

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