The Tempest: Chalk Talk

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Discussion doesn't always need to be spoken. Before you begin The Tempest by William Shakespeare, have kids connect their ideas and experiences to central questions of the play with a silent discussion activity. Once they have collaborated on the board with comments and statements about the written question, they reflect in a worksheet.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the strategy to address literary themes, character traits, plot points, or historical context
  • If you have access to a SMART Board or document projector, have kids use the different programs to collaborate electronically
  • If you have a class set of iPads, have kids add their comments through an app
Classroom Considerations

  • Doesn't provide enough example questions for a complete activity, so you'll need to add some more
  • The lesson has a few misspelled words and grammar mistakes that do not affect understanding
  • Assessment protocol is vague; consider augmenting the lesson for your own assessment needs
Pros

  • Provides the worksheet that prompts kids to reflect on their own contributions to the activity, as well as their peers' comments and responses
  • Versatile for any short story or novel, as well as topics in social studies, science, math, or art
Cons

  • None