Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion

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

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.

Download Common Core State Standards (PDF 1.7 MB)

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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Lesson Objective
Master the art and science of engaging students in rigorous discussion
Length
7 min
Questions to Consider
How does beginning the lesson with student reflection and a guiding question equip students for the discussion?
In what ways did Sarah ensure this to be student-centered, student-led?
What does it mean for a teacher to prepare for a discussion
Common Core Standards
ELA.SL.11-12.1a, ELA.SL.11-12.1c, ELA.RL.11-12.1

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Grades 9-12 / ELA / Student Discourse

Strategies for Student-Centered Discussion