Talking Points and Other Reading/Literature Products

Talking Points and Other Reading/Literature Products

Talking Points are thinking tools that allow readers to personalize their reading, to interrogate ideas, and to construct meaning. As readers engage with their reading and exercise their brains, they are producing knowledge and building mental muscle.

Talking Points offers a selection of thought-provoking questions and thinking prompts on 26 different texts, and we’re adding texts all the time. Tell us what text you’d like, and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!

Each question set poses problems to wrap the mind around and frames the literary experience with guide posts for inquiry and reflection.  These can be purchased as individual portable data files (pds) on a particular novel or as a book collection representing all 26 novels.

The structured interaction of Talking Points allows students to remain in charge of discussions, yet still gives reassurance to teachers that discussion is productive, that thematic points are not passed over, that a book is not only read but truly experienced. With Talking Points, readers are participants in the discovery of learning.

Talking Points, in essence a literary tour guide for a text, lead readers to points of interest on their reading journeys; the thought stimulants provide a rumination stop as students realize how literature reflects life, as they wrestle with and ponder an author’s ideas. The intent of these discussion points is NOT to provide a worksheet to be completed and collected (although teachers might wish to use them in that way).  Instead, Talking Points is a tool designed to direct discussion to cogent moments, rich for their thematic connection as well as for their application to life experiences.

Essentially, Talking Points is meant to perform as a teacher surrogate with the main focus on group interaction, debate, challenge, and give-and-take to build on shared ideas, insights, and interpretations. The talking points serve to stimulate discussion when conversation stalls; they intend to keep conversation lively, text-centered, and multi-faceted.

Talking Points fulfills another important role for readers since talking is a tool for literary analysis. Furthermore, the small group/literature circle design provides a low-stakes format for students to explore their thinking. Talking allows for idea interchange; ideas from one person will often stimulate the thinking of others. Providing specific topics and accountability in the literary discussion, Talking Points will structure this talk, coaxing ideas into rich and powerful conversations about literature. Discussion provides a setting to practice thinking strategies which can later be developed in writing.

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