Speaking Volumes: How To Get Students Discussing Books - And Much More by Barry GilmoreSpeaking Volumes: How To Get Students Discussing Books - And Much More by Barry Gilmore

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

byBarry Gilmore

Paperback | January 15, 2006

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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.
Title:Speaking Volumes: How To Get Students Discussing Books - And Much MoreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9.35 × 7.6 × 0.45 inPublished:January 15, 2006Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325009155

ISBN - 13:9780325009155

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Table of Contents

    1. Before You Begin: Goals and Strategies
         Why These Discussion Techniques?
         Tips for Preparing Discussions
         Tips for Leading Discussion
         How the Rest of this Book Is Organized

    2. Lines
         Line Exercise 1: Surveys
         Line Exercise 2: Get Off the Fence
         Line Exercise 3: The Grid

    3. Circles
         Circle Exercise 1: The Fishbowl
         Circle Exercise 2: Brainstorming Groups
         Circle Exercise 3: Idea Pass-Arounds

    4. Big Paper
         Big Paper Exercise 1: Wall Posters
         Big Paper Exercise 2: Combining Voices
         Big Paper Exercise 3: Silent Discussion

    5. Technology
         Technology Exercise 1: The Electronic Conversation
         Technology Exercise 2: In the Forum
         Technology Exercise 3: Tracking Changes
         Technology Exercise 4: A Thousand Words

    6. Formal Discussion and Debate
         Debate Exercise 1: Debate
         Debate Exercise 2: Rules of Order

    7. For Further Discussion
         Jump-Starts and Filler
         Discussion Prompts
         Sample Quotations
         A Compilation of Follow-up Ideas

    Appendix: Useful Information
         A Note About Standards
         Works Mentioned in this Book