Keep your mind focused on
what the other person is saying.
Politely disagree and explain
why you disagree.
Make sure only one voice
is speaking during a discussion.
Use what others have said
as a "spring board" for something you want to say. (Ex. "Cory
said the horseback riding part reminded him of the time he went out
west and went horseback riding with his cousins. That reminded me of
the time I went up to Mackinac Island and we rode horses around the
island. But that's a lot different than the horseback riding in this
Always have your book with
you in discussion and refer to it often.
Encourage others when they
speak. Say something like "Good point." Or "I like how
you explained that." Or, "Would you explain that again please?"
Few No No's
Don't work on your lit
circle task during discussion.
Don't talk to others in
a different lit circle.
Don't make fun of others
or their work. Ever.
Don't come to your discussion
Don't fill out your evaluation
sheets until the discussion is officially over.
Nancy G. Patterson, Portland Middle School, Portland, MI