• Pump up the Vocab

    Let's Talk

    ELPS 1C, 1D, 1E, 2D, 2E, 2G, 2I. All of Strand 3
    IP Rubric I-2, I-3, I-4, I-8

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Questions Addressed

    • How do I get my reluctant students talking?
    • How can I make sure students are talking on task?
    • How do I get students to use academic language?

Why It Works

    • Regular structured academic conversations allow students to make better sense of new content while building academic language.
    • Students retrieve prior knowledge and connect it to new learning while teachers gain insight of their individual understanding through these conversations.
    • These conversations serve as scaffolds for writing and whole-group discussion.

Suggested Strategies

How to Implement This Routine

  • Remind students of Let’s Talk procedures.

  • Plan and post conversation questions and stems.

  • Guide students to use academic language.

  • Implement the Q3SA strategy.

  • Monitor Let’s Talk conversations.

  • Coach students to clarify and paraphrase.