Graded Discussion Rubric and 50 Discussion Starter Stems for Secondary ELA
This product contains two separate files. The first file includes the graded discussion guidelines that I use with my students in order to assess their critical thinking, listening, speaking, reading, and persuasive skills. The guide contains the notations that I use to account for each students' comments by using checkmarks and other symbols to award bonus points.

The second file contains 50 Discussion Starter Stems that will help students participate in class discussions about literature. The Discussion Stems range from comprehension to analysis to evaluation, and they model for students how to join a conversation about literature. These Discussion Starter Stems are an excellent tool to relieve some of the anxiety and pressure students often feel when expected to participate in class discussions.

Overall, this is a very easy guide for both teacher and student to use throughout the year as a means for integrating discussion into the ELA classroom. Class discussions are a key component of the ELA classroom because they allow students to take ownership of their learning and interact with each other in an organic way. Discussion is also an effective way to target Common Core skills, and this guide will get your students doing just that!
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Created: Oct 19, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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