Novel Discussion, Day Two

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Students will be able to discuss a novel by posing and responding to questions, incorporating others into discussion, and presenting their own ideas and justifications.

Big Idea

Moving beyond talking at one another--true discussion.

Do Now: Learning Reflection and Work Habits

10 minutes

This classroom routine is discussed in this lesson. Students continue to give thoughtful responses which are useful for their continuing practice and my lesson planning.

Novel Discussion

20 minutes


Students meet with their groups to film and discuss. Most are prepared today; my reminders to be prepared for the groups' sake have proven helpful for several students. Feeling more comfortable with one discussion under their belts, students' talk today is more natural. It may not be so bad to have this extra discussion before our fishbowl, after all; we'll likely see even stronger discussion when we finally see a good example on our next reading day.

 Want to start with a model rather than use your students? Check out how I modeled good discussion in this lesson.


15 minutes

I again give students time to read, knowing that many students won't read at home if they aren't engaged or at least nearly done from reading in class. Students get comfortable and push further into their novels.