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Academic discussion

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.

Included Resources

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. 
 

Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion about mathematics. 
 

Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion about science. 
 

Students can use these prompts to extend or deepen their discussion about social studies. 
 

Teachers may use these prompts when planning discussion breaks during an interactive read aloud.

Teachers may use these prompts when planning discussion breaks during an interactive read aloud.

Table Tent Cards are possible talk moves to teach students to lift the level of their discussion during book clubs. The tent cards can be folded and left with the book club to refer to during subsequent meetings. 

To support students with facilitating their own whole-class conversation, these few simple moves can help support students in leading their own cohesive conversation.

A list of question and response stems that students can use in accountable talk and classroom discussions in 6-12 classrooms. 

A list of ELA content-specific sentence starters to help initiate and facilitate discussions about informational and literary texts.

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

A list of possible prompts that teachers can use during an interactive read-aloud in 6-12 ELA classrooms.