Can be used with any class, my year 7 class loved it. There is a higher ability power point that I used with year 9.
Print out A3 copies of the text and place outside the room. Use rules slide to explain expectations of the group. I have attached a timer to keep the pace of the task and to allow students to keep track of time.
Afterwards, you can use a mark scheme to check the sentences. I have also included a follow on text so that pupils can understand what they have been reading.
On the higher power point there is a writing mat which can be used as an extension task.
Pupils are given picture prompts with optional vocabulary on the reverse of the pictures. Those who need to can refer to the vocabulary during the task. Using the group talk structures, they are encouraged to have spontaneous conversations.
Group talk can be differentiated to allow all abilities to participate.
I normally use groups of 4 or 6 and set a time limit. Afterwards, I encourage reflective feedback and ask for examples of conversations.
I also use peer assessment sheets so that pupils can assess each other.