As discussed in class, you will create a discussion plan (not technically a lesson plan in terms of the format we usually use but more of an outline) based on our exploration of questioning and discussions in class. Keep the following things in mind:
- Choose an excerpt (a short passage, chapter, etc.) from your anchor text as the focus of the discussion plan. If you’re using multiple texts to anchor your unit, you might single on of those out for this plan.
- Choose a questioning hierarchy (QAR, Questioning Circles, Hillocks, etc.) that you’ll use to structure the questions.
- Establish an objective for the discussion and then craft scripted questions to use in the discussion. (See the model posted below for an example)
Grading for this assignment will be holistic and will look at the following criteria:
- Is the objective sound? Does it represent meaningful learning that can be accomplished as part of a discussion?
- Are the questions effective in leading students to deeper thinking and more meaningful conclusions about the text?
- Is there sufficient detail in the plan to visualize the thinking students will engage in as part of the discussion.
You should submit the discussion plan via email and also include (either via email or as a physical copy to me) a copy of the text or excerpt you’re using in the discussion plan. Here are some resources to help you with this assignment:
- A model of a discussion plan using the short story “Letters from the Fringe” by Joan Bauer (you received a copy of the short story itself in class)
- Handout with different questioning hierarchies [PDF document]