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76 resources with the concept preparing for discussions

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Effectiveness of Nonviolent Civic Action Simulation on Colombia

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
With new leadership comes new hope! After years of violence, the people of Colombia elect a new president ... could this mean an end to conflict? Civics scholars take part in a large group role-playing exercise designed to illustrate the...
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Deliberative Dialogue

For Students 8th - Higher Ed Standards
How do you create a classroom environment where hot button topics may be discussed in a respectful manner? As part of a series of lessons that focus on immigration issues, class members examine the rules for civil discussion before...
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Fishbowl Discussion

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Filter young teenagers' opinions and perspectives with a classic fishbowl discussion. Given any topic relevant to your curriculum, a group of class members engage in discussion for their peers to observe.
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Philosophical Chairs

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Introduce classes to a discussion technique that encourages a respectful conversation of topics on which reasonable people disagree. Participants develop their critical thinking skills by actively listening to the views of others,...
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Unwind: Discussion Strategy, Chalk Talk

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Readers of Neal Shusterman's young adult science fiction novel, Unwind, engage in a silent discussion, posting their responses to a series of statements about characters in the story.
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Maniac Magee: Fishbowl Discussion

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Split the class into two groups for a fishbowl discussion using of Jerry Spinelli's Maniac Magee. The first group initiates the conversation by reviewing the important points of Chapter thirteen while group two members are listening,...
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead: Fishbowl Discussion

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
After reading through Act II of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, take some time to discuss the references to death in the play. For this fishbowl discussion, learners prepare questions, practice answering individually and with...
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Meaningful Conversations

For Teachers 1st - 5th Standards
Two pages on discussion skills and providing evidence are a great addition to your language arts class. The first page encourages kids to use active listening techniques when debating or discussing a topic, and the second page provides...
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Sticky Note Discussions

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Scholars use sticky notes to increase reading comprehension. They read a book selection and stop periodically to place sticky notes on items they want to discuss. They then write a short note, summary, or question on the sticky note to...
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Let's Discuss Current Events

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Investigate articles from the daily news and share opinions with classmates. Using current events, learners view a news program without sound and predict what news is being discussed by analyzing the visuals. Then they read news articles...
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Creating Classroom Rules

For Teachers K - 2nd
Perfect for establishing classroom protocols, this activity gets even the youngest learners thinking about rules and their consequences. The instructional activity begins with a discussion and a reading of the poem Humpty Dumpty that...
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Creating a Classroom Constitution

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Youngsters identify and interpret the importance of having rules in order to maintain order at home, at school, in their community, and in the United States. They create a working Classroom Constitution that governs the classroom and...
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Stop Quarreling

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
How do you overcome angry or hurt feelings? Group your young learners and share Charlotte Zolotow's The Quarreling Book. There are a list of suggested questions for you to use to prompt discussion. Give your youngsters the tools they...
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Show And Tell

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Have you ever saved your money to buy something you really wanted? Elementary schoolers share how they saved their money for things they wanted, and they bring in one or two items that they bought with their personal savings.
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Ground Rules for Discussion

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
The whole group collaborates to form rules for working in small groups. They improve classroom management by defining the difference between discussing and fighting and brainstorming how to work together cooperatively. Each group forms...
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Book Discussions in a Reading Partnership

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Do you have a lot of different reading levels in your class? Pair kids up by level and have them choose a book to read independently. They will make predictions, ask questions, make connections, etc. Consider creating a general reading...
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The Book Thief: Discussion Questions

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Expand your study of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak with a question for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy. These questions focus on part four of the novel; each is paired with at least one quote from the text for context and teacher reference.
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Guest Speaker Preparation: A Cooperative Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Are you planning to have a guest speaker talk to your class? Prepare in advance and help your class transform into an engaged and thoughtful audience. Before the visit, young writers work cooperatively to brainstorm what they want to...
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Humpty Dumpty: An Example of Why We Need Rules

For Teachers K - 2nd
Young pupils consider the importance of rules at school before helping to create rules for their own classroom! Start the discussion by introducing your class to the poem Humpty Dumpty. What happened to Humpty? What rule could have...
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A Guide to Getting Along: Listening

For Teachers K - 3rd
Here is an effective way to have your charges practice and model important listening skills. After a short review of effective active listening concepts, such as using body language, summarizing what the other person said, and asking...
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South Africa

For Students 9th - 10th
Have your class learn about South Africa and prepare for a discussion using this resource. Learners read a 3-page article about the nation and then note details about apartheid, Afrikaners, Nelson Mandela, and more on the provided...
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Media Literacy Skills

For Teachers 3rd
You're on camera! Third graders find a news story and research it to get more information. Everyone uses their found information to write a script and create their own news broadcast!
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Learning the Rules with "Never Spit on Your Shoes"

For Teachers 1st
Foster a sense of community by having youngsters work together to create a list of classroom rules. They draw pictures of their hopes for first grade after reading a children's book as a group. They also discuss why it is important to...
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Talking About Race and Racism

For Teachers 9th - 12th
New ReviewSet the stage for discussion in a thought-provoking lesson on racism. An informative resource prepares scholars to discuss the history of race and racism with a quiz, vocabulary, and guidelines. Academics discuss topics surrounding...