Providing guiding prompts and questions for students to use when reading or participating in discussions deepens their understanding of texts and gives them space to question and grapple with issues of power, justice, and equity. Depending on the types of prompts, they can raise Socratic questions about the purpose, validity, evidence, assumptions, meaning, and perspectives of the texts.
Watch how this teacher empowers her students to share their perspective on a challenging discussion prompt. Students must cite evidence from multiple texts to support their answers as they share their arguments and questions in a Socratic seminar. With time to plan and supports like graphic organizers, the teacher has meaningfully designed different ways for students to engage in the process and share their views.
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Starting at 1:35, see how products like ThinkCerca use prompts and questions to push students to reflect on what they have learned and to engage with a digital text during a mini-lesson. The prompts allow for students to make connections, summarize portions, and assess their understanding. This allows students to engage more deeply with the content while also giving helpful feedback to the teacher on student progress.
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