Meaningful Conversations

Two pages on discussion skills and providing evidence are a great addition to your language arts class. The first page encourages kids to use active listening techniques when debating or discussing a topic, and the second page provides ways for kids to back up their opinions, either in discussion or in writing.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Distribute before working on a group discussion or Socratic conversation
  • Display on classroom walls to remind kids of discussion rules and etiquette
  • Use worksheets in a peer counseling or mediation session
Pros

  • Easy to understand and applicable to many types of lessons
  • Helpful when establishing rules and norms of your classroom community
Cons

  • None