Strategies for Student Engagement

By on April 25, 2012

As often as possible, we should find ways to engage students in activities that get them reading, speaking, and writing as they learn new ideas. Two of my most favorite activities "Investigative Reading" (also known as IR) and "Read 1, Speak 2, Write 3" have been updated. These two activities help create the perfect lesson plan. These strategies ask students to read for a short period of time, speak about their reading, and independently write about what they have read and learned.

Students really appreciate these types of activities. They get a chance to learn critical competencies with lots of support and structure. Try them out. These strategies help liven up a lazy Monday morning or calm a wild Friday afternoon. Let's get moving with student interactions.

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Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and large portions of the text relate to each other and the whole.
Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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