Pinwheel Discussions: Large Group Conversations

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Discussion
CCSS: ELA.SL.11-12.1a ELA.SL.11-12.1c

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

1a

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-€“12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

SL

Speaking and Listening Standards 6-12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

1c

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one on one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others'€™ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well reasoned exchange of ideas.

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)
Lesson Objective
Connect themes between texts
Length
34 min
Questions to Consider
Why are the first 6 minutes important to the success of this activity?
What facilitation strategies did Ms. Wessling use to make the pinwheel discussion an effective large group conversation?
How might a pinwheel discussion apply to topics in your classroom?
Common Core Standards
ELA.SL.11-12.1a, ELA.SL.11-12.1c

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Pinwheel Discussions: Large Group Conversations

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Discussion

Pinwheel Discussions: Large Group Conversations