Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 38: Discussion Web
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
The purpose of the Discussion Web strategy (Alvermann, 1991) is to engage students in peer-led, small-group conversations where they have an opportunity to explore issues and ideas through text talk. The Discussion Web strategy is central to helping students comprehend text at deeper levels. As students listen to other ideas and examine their own points of view, they are led to a critical analysis of the issues that are at the heart of their discussion.
The graphic organizer that is used with this strategy is a tool that helps students visualize the essential elements of the issue and identify similar and opposing points of view. Students use the graphic to structure their discussions as they record ...