The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: "Chalk Talk Strategy”

Hold a silent discussion about concepts related to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. After reading chapter seven, learners participate in a whole-class written discussion based on guiding questions written on the board by the teacher. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use this strategy throughout the novel to get ideas flowing
  • Have learners do a writeup after the chalk talk on the back of their notes page
  • Take a photo of the discussion and post it on your class website for later reference
Classroom Considerations

  • This could end up being fairly chaotic, so you will need to set up some specific procedures to help dictate the flow of the activity
  • This is part of a series of materials designed to go with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Pros

  • A handout is provided for learners with a list of the chalk talk questions on it; they can jot down ideas here first before moving to the board to share with the class
  • This strategy allows all members of the class to participate in a lower-stress environment
Cons

  • None