Reflection: Accountability Set Up the Hotseat! - Section 3: Hotseat Prep in Groups


The problem with typical discussion formats is that students can often become comfortable enacting a teacher-led and teacher-directed lesson.  Hotseat  discussions tear down these walls by expecting students to both ask and answer the questions.  However, because such a discussion requires increased student leadership and because it enacts a speech genre that may not be as fully understood by students as is the typical classroom discussion (teacher led), the students need to have some time to assemble their thoughts on the characters and to create important and significant character inferences.  The students did well with this time, knowing that the hotseat would be coming soon.  

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Set Up the Hotseat!

Unit 2: Metacognition and The Absolutely-True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Lesson 6 of 19

Objective: SWBAT prepare active, student-led discussion in which their character and theme insights propel the student interviews into important areas of textual inquiry.

Big Idea: Student-centered discussions give the students the ability practice speaking and listening which leads to stronger understanding of the text and its themes.

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