Before connecting as a large group or in smaller discussion groups, encourage students to prepare for talking about their reading:

  • Ask students to record their thinking on paper by using sentence starters such as:
    • The part that stood out most to me is…
    • My favorite picture is…
    • When_____ happened, I felt…
    • This book reminded me of…
    • Until I read this book, I didn’t know/understand…
    • Something I’m still wondering about is…
    • I wish the author had included…
  • Ask students to develop a few questions about the book they can ask in their discussion. Encourage students to create open-ended questions that will spark conversation as opposed to questions that have only one possible response. These QAR Question Prompts (Links to an external site.) will help students generate discussion questions.
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