Post-its: Little Notes for Big Discussions

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Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening Standards K-5


5th Grade


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.

b. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.

c. Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.

d. Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.

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Lesson Objective
Take notes to prepare for discussion
2 min
Questions to Consider
How does this strategy enrich discussion?
What is the difference between the Post-it strategy and traditional note-taking?
How could you use this strategy to encourage reluctant students to participate?

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