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ERIC Number: EJ896465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0013-8274
Exploring Text through Student Discussions: Accountable Talk in the Middle School Classroom
Richardson, Anne E.
English Journal, v100 n1 p83-88 Sep 2010
It's a common dilemma in many classrooms: Give your students an inch and they often take a mile. As teachers, they've probably all been in the situation where they want to encourage student participation and find a way to engage students in a particular text or topic, yet they err on the side of caution to keep the imagined mayhem at bay. Because the author tends to be directive, she speaks from firsthand experience about her fears of "letting go" with her fifth graders. She was afraid that they would not be willing to assume the responsibility that goes along with independent work and worried that socializing would take precedence over productive, on-topic conversations between students. What she has been thrilled to find this year is that giving her students the stage and allowing them to explore text through small student-led group discussions has empowered them, engaged them, encouraged them, and, in the process, inspired them all. In this article, the author describes six key reading strategies for engaging adolescents in productive discussions about literary texts. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A