If this prompt does not suit, feel free to bring whatever your muse inspires. Implementation Tips Choosing Questions Pre-plan questions that are open-ended or multifaceted so students can respond in a meaningful way e.
The other prep work involved writing up simple and direct instructions for students to frontload the activity. We were very pleased to see that many developed thoughtful questions and that many made clear connections back to the text in their responses.
Clarifying Expectations Clarify expectations of a Write Around by explaining the essential components, such as how much time is allotted for each student to create a response, which consistent direction the papers will be passed, and the different ways students can respond to one another e.
This process repeats until each student in the group has contributed.
We were not surprised by these patterns, and this coding process helped us to see that students will need additional modeling and opportunities in how to respond to peers to grow their fluency in developing written conversations.
Lastly, groups have several minutes to verbally continue their discussions, before participating in a whole-class share.
Conflict Resolution Two students facing a conflict use a Write Around to express their feelings and concerns. The Circle is a supportive place where we share our love of writing and our work in a spirit of camaraderie and goodwill.