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VOYAGilmore provides practical, hands-on methods to involve students in oral and written classroom conversations that encourage reflection and ultimately polished, coherent expression. Combining traditional texts that include Greek and Shakespearean plays and modern novels such as The Giver (Houghton, 1993/VOYA August 1993), The Tortilla Curtain (Viking, 1995), and The Shipping News (Scribner, 1993), this talented teacher skillfully focuses on themes that join the excitement and relevance of classical and modern works. Attitude surveys and opinion grids provide opportunities for structured verbal and physical responses. The fishbowl relies on spontaneous conversation in response to prompts and combines patience with a tag-team format. Grouping, circles, fast writing, and pass-arounds facilitate brainstorming. "Big Paper" allows participation through wall posters, compass, and jigsaw formats, as well as advertisements, and encourages the combining of voices. Many methods go high tech in the "Technology" chapter and intensify student and teacher exchange while extending the student conversation to other classrooms. Gilmore's students also learn formal discussion and debate. This full experience helps both student and teacher formulate appropriate responses for diverse communication situations. Chapter seven provides samples for the discussion leader. The appendix keys these activities to English standards and pairs activities with texts. The back cover lists general principles for leading discussions. Although Gilmore explains his techniques in an English classroom context, his methods reach across the curriculum. Both new and seasoned discussion leaders will want a copy for repeated reference. 2006, Heinemann, 144p.; Appendix., pb. Ages adult professional.