Reflection: Discourse and Questioning What's the Big Idea? - Section 4: Closing the Loop


In this lesson I noticed a similar problem that occurred in three of the small groups - one or more students in the group being too demanding in the group and trying to take over the conversation. To help with this I had one group set a one minute timer for each person and once someone spoke they couldn't speak again until all had shared. The only [problem with this structure is that it doesn't encourage discourse and shared discussion of the topics. In the other group I tried putting the discussion director in charge of directing the conversation and this was a better way with the group to direct sharing (the video was their second try with the topic - see if you can pinpoint the one who demanded the conversation:)


  Lit Circle Group difficulties
  Discourse and Questioning: Lit Circle Group difficulties
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What's the Big Idea?

Unit 12: How to Create Effective Literature Circle Discussions
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: SWBAT...identify and support with evidence the main idea in the section of text "Bud Not Buddy" that they read

Big Idea: Understanding the main idea shows students' connection to the characters and events in the story.

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