“This book reminds us why Laura Robb continues to be such an important voice in our field: She looks through kids’ eyes and sees into their futures. Literary conversations don’t just enrich kids days; they offer young people gifts that keep on giving: the ability to take risks, exercise creativity, build empathy, and develop the ability to negotiate.” –from the foreword by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels When you get right down to it, literacy comes down to this: read, talk, write. But as every teacher knows, it can be hard for students to see and use these three moves in concert–until now. In Read, Talk, Write, Laura Robb lays out the classroom structures that create the time and space for students to have productive talk and written discourse about texts. With Laura’s guidance you’ll • Use short texts by Seymour Simon, Kathleen Krull, Priscilla Cummings, and other popular fiction and nonfiction authors to teach students how to analyze and converse about texts • Incorporate six kinds of talk into your instruction, including turn-and-talk, partner talks, and small-group discussions • Use the wealth of in-book and online reproducibles to help students facilitate their own comprehension-building discussions • Select from 35 lessons that address literary elements and devices, text structures, and comprehension strategies, and then use them to launch student-led talk about any text you teach • Help your readers get in a read-talk-write flow, and know how to move from reading to talking to writing, to bring about deeper thinking • Achieve high levels of performance around inferring, comparing and contrasting, summarizing and synthesizing, and other key skills by way of classroom conversations that make these advanced levels the norm
Chapter 8: Reflecting on the Process of Read, Talk, Write
Reflecting on the Process of Read, Talk, Write
By bringing rich and meaningful talk into your classroom, you give students daily opportunities to clarify what they do and don’t understand about a lesson or text. Equally important are the energy and intensity for exchanging ideas that occur during literary conversations as, together, students journey toward deeper understandings of texts they read and view.
Four Key Skills
In addition to helping students develop independence in learning as well as analytical and critical thinking, literary conversations boost students’ thinking fluency—their ability to evaluate and analyze fiction and nonfiction using guiding and/or interpretive questions. As students engage in meaningful conversations about literature, they also develop four skills they’ll use in college, in ...