Let's Talk About It!

Celaina Huckeba and Emily Elliott

Find us on Twitter: @chuckeba and @PHS_SocStudies

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Explore creative ways to make student discussions COUNT. Learn how to structure peer to peer, small group, and whole class interactions through this interactive session which will provide you with ways to empower your students to challenge assumptions, use evidence to support point of view, respond constructively to ideas, and create their own understandings using accountable talk! Participants will walk away with at least five strategies to engage students in purposeful conversations about Social Studies.

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Why is Talk important?

Take TWO minutes to read page 2-3 in your handout.

The article you are reading is linked here: Institute for Learning Article

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Partner up!

  • Choose who is partner A and who is partner B.

Take ONE minute to think about the question:

Which one of the reasons listed in the article resonates the most with you? Why?

  • Partner A: Answer the question.
  • Partner B: Counterfeit by repeating back (paraphrasing) what Partner A said.
  • Partner B: Add in your thoughts, either agreeing with A or adding your opinion.
  • Partner A: Counterfeit by repeating back what Partner B said.

Flip to page 9 to add notes for yourself (if you want).

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What is an anchor chart?

Anchor charts are an excellent way to making thinking visible for students! They need to be student driven and used for reference throughout the year.

Let's make one together!

Flip to page 9 if you want to add any notes about anchor charts.

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Find your matching partner from the card you were given. For example, if you have peas, your partner is carrots!

Flip to page 4 and 5 in your handout. You have about 3-4 minutes to read about Latin American Intervention.

Next, use page 6. Draw a line to divide the paper in half (horizontal or vertical, your choice).

Round 1: You have 5 minutes to generate as many questions and answers with your partner about the reading. Write them down on page 6.

Stand and count.

Round 2: Generate more questions about the reading! These need to be deeper thinking questions. They should include words like: impact, cause, motivation, effect, significance, justify, evidence, etc. Three minutes!

Stand and count.

Round 3: Find your new partner. You have 5 minutes to come up with the answers to the new questions. Write them down!


Directions for Count Your Questions!

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Get into groups of 4 using the Notecards.

If you are Number TWO--come to the front to see Celaina or Emily.

With your group, you will be discussing the question:


Make sure to include evidence with your answer.

Use page 7 in your handout if you want to take notes.

Need Evidence? Use this: European Imperialism docs and political cartoons

Directions here

Accountable Talk Bookmarks 1

Accountable Talk Bookmarks 2


Let's Count Our Interactions!

How many times did the Teacher Talk?

How many times did the Students Talk?

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Look at the Make it Count page in your handout (page 8).

FIRST: Two minutes to write down as many answers/ideas as possible to the two questions:

  • Why is accountable talk important?
  • How will you use this in your classroom?

THEN we'll set a timer. You have FIVE minutes to circle the room and share ideas.

Whoever has the most ideas wins a prize!

Link to this SMORE: https://www.smore.com/nadcw

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