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
Adolescent Literacy Practice Guide
under the general guidance of the teacher.
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
High-quality discussions are usually based on text that is specifically selected to stimulate an engaging discussion.
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.