A Speaking and Listening Strategy
What are they?
How do I do them?
- Assign a student a character that they have to learn everything about.
- Allow the students time and materials to create a costume or artifact for their character.
- The student prepares opening remarks where he shares a little about himself (from the character's POV).
- The student sits on the hot seat and introduces himself.
- Classmates ask questions.
- The student in the hot seat selects another student to summarize the conversation.
Why should I do this?
SL.4.1a – Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
SL.4.1b – Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
SL.4.1c – Pose and respond to specific questions to clarify or follow up on information, and make comments t
hat contribute to the discussion and link to the remarks of others.
SL.4.1d – Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
- Apart from the standards, students are gaining the ability to interact with the text in a way that will make them inquisitive, thoughtful readers that question how characters feel and make inferences.
- Students are required to do a close reading of the text in order to unlock key details about a character, which helps then to be better readers overall.
- It is a fun way for students to learn how to prepare for a discussion of a book (high school/college readiness).
- On top of this, students are gaining the ability to show empathy and see issues from multiple perspective.