ENG 4U 2013: First Day of Discussions

Lecture Halls at Kom el Dikka(XII) via Flickr, by iswanyu
Lecture Halls at Kom el Dikka(XII) via Flickr, by iswanyu

Our goal today is to discuss the activities you prepared yesterday. The following outlines the basic structure of the discussions:

  • Begin by planning the order of the presenters. This is especially important if two people chose the same topic.
  • Each member of the group is responsible for presenting his/her ideas.
  • Once a blog entry has been shared, each group member should ask one question to the student. Possibilities include (but are not limited to):
    • Why did you choose this particular option?
    • How do you think your blog entry might connect to the rest of the novel?
    • Are there any other details you considered adding?
  • Once the discussion about one blog entry has been exhausted, spend 2 minutes adding any relevant information, concepts, or ideas from the blog entry and/or the discussion to your notes

Expectations for discussions:

  • I expect to see active listening. This means focusing on the speaker and communicating you focus through non-verbal cues.
  • I expect to see some record of the discussion in your notes. While you are free to choose the format (digital or hand-written) and the organization (point-form, diagrams, etc), you still need to track key details. Tracking such details will help you prepare for your presentation at the end of the novel study.

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