Your job is to develop a list of questions that your group might want to discuss about this part of the book. Don’t worry about the small details; your task is to help people talk over the big ideas in the reading and share their reactions. Usually the best discussion questions come from your own thoughts, feelings, and concerns as you read. In order to promote a discussion in your group, your questions MUST be open-ended, meaning that they don’t have a specific correct answer, but may have many responses based on peoples’ own interpretations. You need to develop 10 open-ended questions to use in your discussion.
Some tips to help you be a great Discussion Director:
- Be sure to give the students in your group enough “wait time” before you actually begin the discussion. You may have times where the students in your group are not sure of what to say, so you may need to think about providing hints or clues to the passage where they may reference the paragraph and/or page.
- As you lead the discussion, you may want to model for the other students how to politely make a point by entering the discussion with comments such as:
- You may need to help students in your group:
* focus on supporting ideas and opinions
* disagree politely
* listen with their eyes and ears on the speaker
* reference the text for justifying or supporting ideas
* predict what will happen next
* relate to other books or characters as well as their own lives
- You should think of yourself as playing many different roles:
You may also use some of the general questions below to develop topics to your group:
- What was going through your mind as you read this?
- Did anything in this section of the book surprise you?
- Predict something that you think will happen next.
- How did you feel while reading this part of the book?
- What are the most important ideas in this section?
- Did any of the characters change in this part of the story? What caused them to change?
- How are you different from one of the characters? Explain.
- If you could trade places with one of the characters, which one would it be and why?