1. In this article, “Time Well Spent in a Kindergarten Class: A Teacher’s Reflection on Using Talk to Learn,”
teacher Laura Hope-Southcott discusses how she has created and structured opportunities for classroom talk in her kindergarten classroom. To access the article click on PDF next to the words “Full Text,” which appear below the abstract.
2. This section on the Literature Circles Resource Center website, “Teaching Students How to Discuss”
(adapted from chapter 5 of the book Getting Started with Literature Circles by Katherine Schlick Noe and Nancy Johnson), describes a three-step procedure in which the teacher supports the students in identifying the elements of a good discussion, experiencing a discussion, and then developing guildelines for discussions.
3. The strategy guide, Using the Think-Pair-Share Technique
, explains the research basis and implementation procedure for the think-pair-share discussion strategy, which can be used for all grade levels.
4. This article, “Young Children’s Oral Language Development”
by Celia Genishi, provides an overview of how children acquire and learn to use language.
5. This pdf is the introduction of the book Speaking and Listening for Preschool Through Third Grade
(revised edition) by Lauren B. Resnick and Catherine E. Snow. It provides an informative overview of the benefits, management, and expectations of student talk in the classroom.