Friday, September 27, 2013

How to Buzz

Last week we taught a lesson called, “How to Buzz.”   In this lesson, we try to build the skills needed for good discussions over fiction or nonfiction text.

After going over this anchor chart, we read a short article.

sorry for the poor pic quality... you get the gist.

I had the students write a two-column chart called “It says/ I say” in their writer’s notebooks.  On the “It says” side, students found 2-3 quotes from the text that seemed important or interesting.  On the “I say” side, students add their own thinking or response to the text.  This gave them some talking points for our buzzing convos.

Check out this great buzzing in action:





How do you build students up for book or text discussions?  Any good tips?

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