Speaking Volumes: How to Get Students Discussing Books- And Much More
  • Speaking Volumes: How to Get Students Discussing Books- And Much More
  • Speaking Volumes: How to Get Students Discussing Books- And Much More

Speaking Volumes: How to Get Students Discussing Books- And Much More

by Barry Gilmore
     
 

Are the literature discussions in your classes a one-way conversation where you do all the talking? Or are they dominated by a small cadre of big talkers? No matter why book talk needs enlivening, Barry Gilmore has a simple, ready-to-implement solution that will grab your students' attention, energize their exchanges, and help them find their speaking voices.

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Overview

Are the literature discussions in your classes a one-way conversation where you do all the talking? Or are they dominated by a small cadre of big talkers? No matter why book talk needs enlivening, Barry Gilmore has a simple, ready-to-implement solution that will grab your students' attention, energize their exchanges, and help them find their speaking voices.

In Speaking Volumes, Gilmore offers accessible, classroom-tested, and matter-of-fact techniques grounded in the idea that literary conversations thrive when students can connect their interests and beliefs to what they're reading. Gilmore's ideas for new, unusual, and original models for engaged discussion are easy to reproduce and use, and they get results. Speaking Volumes includes:

  • numerous sample activities based on commonly taught literature
  • quotations, prompts, and reproducible surveys to help you open, focus, or plan a discussion
  • teacher-friendly uses for technology that stimulate conversations
  • activities that connect ideas from books to current events and issues
  • detailed follow-ups to help you assess what a book discussion has contributed to students' understanding.
The ideas in Speaking Volumes don't require a curricular overhaul, and its simple, effective techniques for increasing student involvement will soon become an organic part of your instructional style. Read it, and get ready to find out what your classes really have to say.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325009155
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
01/24/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,388,333
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.35(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Before you begin : goals and strategies1
Ch. 2Lines6
Ch. 3Circles20
Ch. 4Big paper36
Ch. 5Technology52
Ch. 6Formal discussion and debate81
Ch. 7For further discussion96

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