Build academic discussion skills among your students and encourage scholarly conversations in partner talks, small group work, and whole class discussion. We also use these booklets and posters with questions and sentence starters every day for Socratic seminars, literature circle book clubs, group project planning work, or classroom debate.
- Accountable talk posters that support the collaboration skills required of students for 21st century learning
- Easy to assemble student flip book in color or black and white
- Storage pocket for use in interactive notebooks
- Based on Common Core speaking and listening standards
(3-13) Full color posters with academic discussion sentence frames for questions and responses
- Elaborate and Clarify
- Support Ideas with Examples
- Build On and Challenge the Ideas of Others
- Synthesize Ideas
(14-17) Full color student booklet pages
(18-21) Blackline student booklet pages
(22) Interactive notebook storage pocket
(23) Self-assessment chart
Print pages 3-13 on white paper or cardstock and laminate for posters or a bulletin board display.
Print one copy of pages 14-17 (color) or 18-21 (b/w) for each student. Pages are formatted for back-to-back printing. You can also pre-cut pages with a paper slicer to save classroom minutes. If desired, print one copy of page 22 for each student to make a storage pocket.
How to Use these Academic Discussion Prompts
Two posters for each skill feature prompts for questions and responses to guide students with sentence stems as they discuss ideas and/or texts in whole class conversations. Either print and post on your wall OR display on a whiteboard with your projector! Display these pages to introduce or review the accountable talk skills and any time you want to focus on a specific conversational move.
This product also includes the posters formatted for printing as 4×5 inch student flipbooks in either color or black & white. The booklets are perfect for practice as students discuss academic concepts with a partner or in small groups. When assigning a small group discussion like literature circles or a station rotation, have students get out their prompt booklets to prepare.
What other teachers say about these Academic Discussion Prompts
…when the Instructional Leadership team came through my classroom, they loved seeing the posters on the wall and the booklets on the students’ desks. ~ Josephine K.
…a great resource for my middle school ELLs… [to] dig deeper and expand on their responses. ~ Charity K.