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Institute of Education Sciences Adolescent Literacy Practice Guide. Recommendation 3 Provide Opportunities for Extended Discussion of Text Meaning and Interpretation Level of Evidence: Moderate. High-Quality Discussions Can Occur in Whole Group Format Small Group Format

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Institute of Education Sciences

Adolescent Literacy Practice Guide

Recommendation 3Provide Opportunities for Extended Discussion of Text Meaning and Interpretation Level of Evidence: Moderate


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High-Quality Discussions Can Occur in

  • Whole Group Format

  • Small Group Format

    under the general guidance of the teacher.


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Effective discussions involve sustained interactions

that explore a topic or an idea in some depth rather

than quick question and answer exchanges.

Highlights from the Research


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Highlights from the Research

High-quality discussions are usually based on text that is specifically selected to stimulate an engaging discussion.


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Highlights from the Research

Discussions that have an impact on student reading comprehension feature exchanges between teachers and students or among students, where students are asked to defend their statementseither by reasoning or by referring to information in the text.


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How to Carry Out the Recommendation


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  • Teachers should carefully prepare for text discussions.


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  • Ask follow-up questions that help provide continuity and extend discussions.


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  • Provide a task, or a discussion format, that students can follow when they discuss texts together in small groups.


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  • Develop and practice the use of a specific discussion protocol.


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Other Considerations

  • Strategies for increasing student contributions during text discussion:

    • Initially, use text that has a very high interest level for students but may only be tangentially related to the topic of the class.

    • Once a pattern of discussion is established, generalize it to more standard textbook content.


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Other Considerations

  • Strategies for increasing student contributions during text discussion:

    • Establish a non-threatening and supportive environment from the first class meeting.

    • Hold student-led discussions in small groups.


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