Main Idea Think Pair Share: Main Idea Think Pair Share

 
 
 
Main Idea Think Pair Share
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Whole-Group Instruction

Main Idea Think Pair Share

Many teachers--myself included--utilize a version of the Think Pair Share strategy to give students opportunities for social learning and to build a culture of classroom community that includes respectful academic discourse. I use the Main Idea Think Pair Share strategy to ensure that my students are able to identify and articulate the main ideas of texts we are reading, which is one of the most foundational literacy skills that all effective readers must develop. I find that it can be helpful to use scaffolds like sentence stems and a variety of starting approaches (e.g., "the student with the longest hair speaks first") to ensure that this strategy remains fresh and accessible to my students, many of whom are English Language Learners.

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Poster
 
 
I use this "Accountable Talk" stems poster to provide students with different ways to respond when engaging in academic discourse. They are color-coded by different question types, such as clarification, connection, explanation, giving examples, agreement, and disagreement.
 
Poster
 
 
I use this "Accountable Talk" stems poster to provide students with different ways to respond when engaging in academic discourse. They are color-coded by different question types, such as clarification, connection, explanation, giving examples, agreement, and disagreement.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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