Reflection: Student Led Inquiry Interrupted Journey: Sea Turtles and Humans, Let's DTR! - Section 4: Independent Practice


Instead of pulling my highest group and doing a traditional small group lesson, I began text talk groups.  Basically text talk groups are like small socratic seminars, but they are even more student-driven.  In small groups (no more than 4 per group), Scholars pick a book (I give them a choice of 3).  Then, they determine a focus question and the amount of pages that they would like to read.  Finally, they select a graphic organizer to help them organize their thinking and prepare themselves for the text talk.  

Everyone in the group agrees to a deadline by which they must complete the reading & graphic organizer.  Then, they meet at the agreed upon time to discuss the focus question.  During discussion, one person is the time keeper, one is the note taker (to complete 1 graphic organizer for the whole group that reflects the discussion), and one is the group facilitator (ensures that all scholars participate, remain on topic, etc.).  In a group of 4, one person can be the "tallier" and is responsible for marking each time each scholar speaks during discussion.  

This strategy allows scholars to take more ownership of their learning and is much more fun for them than traditional teacher-directed small groups.  

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Interrupted Journey: Sea Turtles and Humans, Let's DTR!

Unit 8: Animal Encounters - Part I
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT use quotes to describe the relationship between two or more people or concepts in a text.

Big Idea: How do we determine a relationship between sea turtles and humans?

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