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ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE DISCUSSION

General Resource Sites

talkinginclass.org

Student-generated Whole Class Discussions
Fishbowl
Informal Writing as the Basis for Discussion
Mock Trial
Talk Show Format
Read-Write-Think: The Pros and Cons of Discussion
NC Learn: Concept Chairs / A Format for Classroom Discussion

Task-Oriented Small Group Activities
Graphic or Material Productions
Board Game
Body Biography
Chalk Talk
Coat of Arms
Concept Map
Four-Square Activity
Graphic Organizers
KWL (Know-Will/Want-Learned)
Mandala
Memory Box
Planning a Movie Based on the Text
Political Cartoon
Sociogram
Text Rendering
Walls
Webquest
Taming the Internet with WebQuests
Read-Write-Think: Behind the Masks: Exploring Culture and Self Through Art and Poetry
Read-Write-Think: Bio-graph: Graphing Life Events
Read-Write-Think: Designing Effective Poster Presentations
Read-Write-Think: Designing Museum Exhibits for The Grapes of Wrath: A Multigenre Project
Read-Write-Think: Graffiti Wall: Discussing and Responding to Literature Using Graphics
Read-Write-Think: Having My Say: A Multigenre Autobiography Project
Read-Write-Thinnk: I've Got the Literacy Blues (mural)
Read-Write-Think: It’s My Life: Multimodal Autobiography Project
Read-Write-Think: Judging a Book by its Cover: The Art and Imagery of The Great Gatsby
Read-Write-Think: Literary Scrapbooks Online: An Electronic Reader-Response Project
Read-Write-Think: Love of War in Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” (collage)
Read-Write-Think: Music and Me: Visual Representations of Lyrics to Popular Music
Read-Write-Think: Outside In: Finding A Character’s Heart Through Art
Read-Write-Think: Short Story Fair: Responding to Short Stories in Multiple Media and Genres
Read-Write-Think: Weaving the Multigenre Web
Read-Write-Think: Book Report Alternative: Comic Strips and Cartoon Squares
Read-Write-Think: Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover
Read-Write-Think: Book Report Alternative: Summary, Symbol, and Analysis in Bookmarks
Read-Write-Think: Book Report Alternative: Creating Careers for Characters
Read-Write-Think: Book Reviews, Annotation, and Web Technology
Read-Write-Think: Cover to Cover: Comparing Books to Movies
Read-Write-Think: Digital Reflections: Expressing Understanding of Content Through Photography
Read-Write-Think: Doodle Splash: Using Graphics to Discuss Literature
Read-Write-Think: Graphic Life Map
Read-Write-Think: I've Got It Covered! Creating Magazine Covers to Summarize Texts
Read-Write-Think: Mind Pictures: Strategies That Enhance Mental Imagery While Reading
Read-Write-Think: On a Musical Note: Exploring Reading Strategies by Creating a Soundtrack
Read-Write-Think: Painting Poetry: Using Visual Representation as a Response to Literature
Read-Write-Think: Story Character Homepage
Read-Write-Think: Using the Four-Square Strategy to Define and Identify Poetic Terms
Read-Write-Think: You Know the Movie Is Coming—Now What?
Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute: His Story, Her Story, Our Story / Narrating History Through Art
Learn NC: Alternative discussion formats: Monuments and memorials
Learn NC: Alternative discussion formats: Museum exhibit design
Learn NC: Marketing Song of Roland--the Movie
Learn NC: Turning the Century (movie display)
Learn NC: Replica of a Period Newspaper/World Literature
Learn NC: Literature-based newspaper: Their Eyes were Watching God
Learn NC: English Historical Newsletter Project
Learn NC: The Great Chaucer Challenge: A cooperative learning game to review the Prologue
Learn NC: Looking Back - An Art/English/History Interdisciplinary unit
National Endowment for the Humanities: Trekking to Timbuktu—Student Version

Collaborative Writing
Found Poem
Read-Write-Think: Found Poems/Parallel Poems
Parody of Author
Rewriting Narrative from New Character's Perspective
Student-created Study Guides
Read-Write-Think: Brochures: Writing for Audience and Purpose
Read-Write-Think: Developing Characterization in Raymond Carver’s “A Small, Good Thing”
Read-Write-Think: Exploring Literature through Letter-Writing Groups
Read-Write-Think: Help Wanted: Writing Professional Resumes (adapt for literary characters)
Read-Write-Think: Lights, Camera, Action...Music: Critiquing Films Using Sight and Sound
Read-Write-Think: Making Connections to Myth and Folktale: The Many Ways to Rainy Mountain
Read-Write-Think: Poetry Circles: Generative Writing Loops Help Students Craft Verse
Read-Write-Think: Poetry: Sound and Sense
Read-Write-Think: Preparing a Character for a New Job: Character Analysis through Job Placement
Read-Write-Think: Style: Translating Stylistic Choices from Hawthorne to Hemingway and Back Again
Read-Write-Think: Book Report Alternative: Character and Author Business Cards
Read-Write-Think: Book Report Alternative: Creating a Childhood for a Character
Read-Write-Think: Travel Brochures: Highlighting the Setting of a Story
Read-Write-Think: Writing Alternative Plots for Robert C. O’Brien’s Z for Zachariah
Read-Write-Think: Analyzing Character in Hamlet through Epitaphs
Learn NC: Alternative discussion formats: A public relations campaign
Learn NC: Singing the Song of Life

Performances
Freeze Frames
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Read-Write-Think: The Reading Performance: Understanding Fluency Through Oral Interpretation
Read-Write-Think: Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization
Read-Write-Think: MyTube: Changing the World With Video Public Service Announcements
Read-Write-Thinnk: Novel News: Broadcast Coverage of Character, Conflict, Resolution, and Setting
Read-Write-Think: Pairing Fiction With Poetry and Performance
Read-Write-Think: The Ten-Minute Play: Encouraging Original Response to Challenging Texts
Read-Write-Think: Unlocking the Underlying Symbolism and Themes of a Dramatic Work
Read-Write-Think: Developing Story Structure With Paper-Bag Skits
Read-Write-Think: Entering History: Nikki Giovanni and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Read-Write-Think: In the Poet's Shoes: Performing Poetry and Building Meaning
Read-Write-Think: Lights, Camera, Action: Interviewing a Book Character
Read-Write-Think: Literary Characters on Trial: Combining Persuasion and Literary Analysis
Read-Write-Think: Press Conference for Bud, Not Buddy
Read-Write-Think: The Peace Journey: Using Process Drama in the Classroom

Read-Write-Think: Audio Broadcasts and Podcasts: Oral Storytelling and Dramatization
Read-Write-Think: A Biography Study: Using Role-Play to Explore Authors' Lives
Learn NC: Alternative discussion formats: History and literature on trial
Learn NC: Alternative discussion formats: The talk show
Learn NC: Tableaux Tour of Texts
Learn NC: To Kill A Mockingbird role-play: A Maycomb pig pickin'
Learn NC: Oedipus the King Reader's Theatre
Learn NC: The Trial of Hamlet

Teacher-Designed Discussion-Generating Tasks
Anticipation Guides
Discussion wheel
Poll Everywhere
TodaysMeet

Video Games
Second Life
Where My Ladies At

Student-Led Small Group Discussions
Single-session Discussions
Jigsaw
Discussion Webs

Long-term Discussions
Book Clubs
Literature Circles
Read-Write-Think: Girls Read: Online Literature Circles
Read-Write-Think: Give Them a Hand: Promoting Positive Interaction in Literature Circles
Read-Write-Think: Literature Circle Roles Reframed: Reading as a Film Crew