Virtual Discussion Groups

After reading and discussing in individual classes, create small discussion groups combining students from both classes.  Groups can connect for discussion virtually and share their

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Chalk Talk

Use the Chalk Talk (Links to an external site.) strategy to engage small groups of students in silent conversations. Students can be invited to respond to questions, prompts,

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Identifying Theme

Begin by explaining to students that the theme of a story is the underlying message or “big idea” the writer wants to communicate to their

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Writing a Book Review

Invite students to read a small variety of 3-4 book reviews and collaboratively create an anchor chart of the features that make an effective review.

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