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K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations, The

  • Title:K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations, The
  • Author:Jeff Zwiers, Sara Hamerla
  • Publication Date:November 2017
  • Grade Level:K-3
  • ISBN:9781506340418
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Talk about content mastery . . .

Primary teachers, you won’t want to miss this: if you’re looking for a single resource to foster purposeful content discussions and high-quality interpersonal engagement, then put Jeff Zwiers and Sara Hamerla’s K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations at the top of your reading list.

Whether your students love to talk or not, all must be equipped with key conversation skills such as active listening, taking turns, posing, clarifying, supporting with examples, and arguing ideas. This ready resource comes packed with every imaginable tool you could need to make academic conversations part of your everyday teaching:

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  • Sample lesson plans and anchor charts
  • Guidelines for creating effective prompts
  • Applications across content areas, with corresponding assessments
  • Rubrics and protocols for listening to student speech
  • Transcripts of conversations and questions for reflection
  • Companion website with video and downloadable resources

Tens of thousands of students in the upper grades have reaped the benefits of academic conversations: high-quality face-to-face interactions, increased motivation, stronger collaborative argumentation skills, and better understanding and retention of content. The K-3 Guide to Academic Conversations is that resource for providing your primary students with the same powerful learning opportunities.

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Author Bio

Jeff Zwiers teaches in the Stanford Teaching Education Program and works for Stanford's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching. He received his Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco and has taught English, Spanish, science, and history in high school, middle school, and elementary school.

Dr. Sara Hamerla is an ELL Administrator in the Newton Public Schools. She has taught English as a second language and served as an administrator in public schools in Massachusetts. Her teaching experience also includes teaching history and language arts in Colombia and Ecuador. In the past several years, she has trained many teachers on how to implement academic conversations.

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