This summer I had the opportunity to teach a four-week literacy methods course to undergraduate students. Having taken the course myself sixteen years ago, it was a full circle moment! Although the syllabus and content had been planned and passed down to me, I knew I wanted students to have the opportunity to discuss our readings collaboratively, rather than simply hearing me reiterate what they read the night before. In what follows, I share the variety of discussion strategies we used.
Roll & Tell
Materials: Text, Dice, and Roll & Tell sheet
Take turns rolling the dice and answering the question.
Create a Tweet w/gif to represent the chapter
Recasting the Text - “Recasting means taking something that is currently written in one form and translating it into another form by lifting excerpts of the original and rearranging these excerpts into a new “mold”. -Angela Peery
Top 5 List
Make an Anchor Chart
Create a Mind Map
Writing Questions (and turning them into a quiz game show)
Thoughts, Questions, Epiphanies (TQE)
Using these strategies allowed my students to collaborate with classmates and discuss the readings in a small group, before we discussed as a whole class.