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ERIC Number: EJ876268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Thinking and Talking about Books: Using Prompts to Stimulate Discussion
Blum, Irene H.; Koskinen, Patricia S.; Bhartiya, Purnima; Hluboky, Sandra
Reading Teacher, v63 n6 p495-499 Mar 2010
Four first-grade teachers used discussion prompts to encourage thinking about and responding to text in different ways. This article describes how the teachers introduced the prompts and provides examples of how the prompts were integrated into classroom activities. Teachers found that using the prompts was an effective way to initiate and scaffold authentic conversation about books for all their students. This included children who were English Language Learners as well as those with special needs. The systematic teaching and use of the prompts provided a framework for thinking about books, both before and after reading. As a result, the young students began to understand that reading related to meaning and the text was something they could think and talk about. Students enthusiastically discussed their ideas and listened to others. This exchange of ideas was not only motivating, but eventually encouraged more original responses and reflections. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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