This is a gallery walk of chat; a great activity to deepen understanding of a text, or as Kelly Gallagher would say, ‘2nd draft reading’. In addition, this task promotes group discussions
I got the idea from Jennifer Gonzalez from the Cult of Pegadogy, a direct approach to student engagement.
My ELLs are in the midst of our ‘text tour’ of a unit on survival. One of the texts is on the survival skills of the cockroach (an idea I got from Jeff Wilhelm). To deepen their understanding of this complex article, I generated a few questions. By the way, I copied several questions from this excellent blog post.
We then reviewed the protocols for respectful group discussions. (I have written about this in more detail in a previous post).
I then simply followed Gonzalez’ clear directions.
Next time, after learning about generating high level questions, the students will come up with their own questions.