Reflection: Gradual Release Literary Discussion Roles: Discussion Director - Section 3: Did They Get It?


The students who are in the fishbowl are the class guinea pigs.... I feel like I'm mixing my metaphors here!

It is important to make sure they are the right students and that they are well prepared.  To ensure success I:


  • Look over all of the volunteers' assignments.  I see if they have made some particularly astute observations on any of the assignments.
  • Think about personalities and voice volume.  These kids have to be willing to speak loud enough for everyone to hear them.


This decision will ultimately make or break your fishbowl discussion.  Choose wisely!

  Catching the right fish
  Gradual Release: Catching the right fish
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Literary Discussion Roles: Discussion Director

Unit 8: Using Tom Sawyer for an Introduction to Literary Discussions
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: SWBAT pose questions about a text to a small discussion group.

Big Idea: Asking the questions that get people talking.

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English / Language Arts, literature circles, discussions
  55 minutes
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