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Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

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Thoughtful Threads: Sparking Rich Online Discussions

Grades 5 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Seven 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lotta C. Larson, Ph.D.

Lotta C. Larson, Ph.D.

Manhattan, Kansas


International Literacy Association


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Facilitating Student-Led Seminar Discussions with The Piano Lesson

August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson invites students to ask a number of questions—big
and small. Students learn how to create effective discussion questions and then put them to use in student-led discussions.


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Grades   6 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Socratic Seminars

This strategy guide explains Socratic seminars and offers practical methods for applying the approach in your classroom to help students investigate multiple perspectives in a text.


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Grades   6 – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Reader Response Meets New Literacies: Empowering Readers in Online Learning Communities

New literacies are here to stay. This article explores the use of e-books and online literature circles.


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