As outlined in the Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards, discussion hold importance because students are expected to learn, practice, and ultimately refine the elements of speaking, listening, and argumentation as they:
- comprehend and consider the ideas of others,
- collaborate with peers, and
- present knowledge and their own ideas with conviction, authority, and clarity.
Moreover, discussions serve as a powerful tool for equity and support because student thinking is shared and considered by all. As you analyze assignments that include evidence of discussion, consider both the structure and the content of these interactions.
- When do my students have the opportunity to participate in rich, structured conversations with their peers? As part of a whole class? In small groups?
- When and how do I include time for extended discussion assignments?
- How can I intentionally connect reading, writing, and discussion?
Questions for Analysis
|How is discussion incorporated into this assignment?||
|What is the central purpose of the discussion within the assignment?||