Pinwheel Discussions: Texts in Conversation

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

Common Core State Standards

ELA

English Language Arts

RL

Reading Standards for Literature 6-12

11-12

11th & 12th Grades

1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

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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.

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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.

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Lesson Objective
Facilitate effective literary discussions with a pinwheel 'recipe'
Length
8 min
Questions to Consider
In what ways do the mini-lesson and prep time provide for a successful discussion?
How does the role-playing support more rigorous discussion and encourage students to take risks?
Why are Ms. Wessling's tally marks an important part of the discussion?
Common Core Standards
ELA.RL.11-12.1, ELA.SL.11-12.1a, ELA.SL.11-12.1c

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Lesson Idea (Common Core) Pinwheel Discussions: Texts in Conversation

Grades 9-12 / ELA / Literature

Pinwheel Discussions: Texts in Conversation