Say something

This is a super-quick strategy to help students think as they read by enabling frequent, brief conservations between partners. Students pair up to read and, following a plan they've agreed on, stop after every couple of paragraphs or pages so that they can each comment briefly on what they've read.

Why use it?
Adolescents are social beings, and we should capitalize on that energy to support learning. Talking over what they just read in small chuncks helps students clear up confusions. It also helps them internalize the material.

How does it work?
1. This activity is handy when you've taught a number of strategies and need variety after lots of sticky notes, bookmarks, and other paper and pencil efforts. The keys to making it work are modeling, practicing repeatedly as a whole class, moving around the classroom to listen in and encouragestudents to expand their ideas.
2. If students disagree in their discussion you may need to teach them about taking another person's thoughts.

Daniels, Harvey, and Steven Zemelman. Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-area Reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2004. Print.

After reading each paragraph from a reading students stop and share ideas about what they just read, always using the target language.

Elisabete Teixeira