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“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

Lessons for Teaching Six Types of Talk
Lessons for Teaching Six Types of Talk

In this chapter, I present lessons that demonstrate how to facilitate literary conversations. The first five lessons are in the order I recommend you introduce them to students. The sixth, which addresses teacher–student talk during conferences, can be scheduled as soon as you notice students need scaffolding. It’s helpful if most of your students feel comfortable with one type of talk before introducing a new type. Note that turn-and-talk is the first type of talk introduced; it builds the basic skills students need to participate in literary conversations and can be woven into many lessons and activities.

How Literary Conversations Help Students

Longer discussions—as opposed to teachers posing questions to the whole class—help ...

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