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Instructional supports for Academic Discussion and Accountable Talk including strategies, tools, handouts, assessments, rubrics, conferring supports and tools for setting up independent reading routines and systems.

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Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion of informational texts in grade K-5.
 

Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion of literature. 
 

Read a short explanation of the teaching practice called “Instructional Read Aloud.”  Explore sample instructional read aloud texts for both fiction and nonfiction.  Use the sample prompts when planning your own instructional read aloud.

This resource is excerpted from Teaching to Transform: An instructional practice guide to support struggling readers and writers in grades 6-12. To access the full guide, click here.

Read a short explanation of the teaching practice called “Whole-Class, Student-Led Conversation” in which students facilitate their own conversation with peers, using teacher assistance only as needed. Use the sample conversation prompts to help sustain the conversation as students are first learning this process.

This resource is excerpted from Teaching to Transform: An instructional practice guide to support struggling readers and writers in grades 6-12. To access the full guide, click here.

Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion of literary and informational tests in grades K-5.

Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion of literary and informational tests in grades 6-12.

A list of possible prompts that teachers can use during an interactive read-aloud in K-5 ELA classrooms.