Talking Points can be purchased for individual titles that range in price from $1.00-$5.00, or as a soft cover, 77-page book. The book opens with four chapters of background and rationale information that supports students as producers of knowledge, explains the power of talking, and shares guidelines for how teachers might leverage dialogue as a pedagogical tool that will support students as thinkers, writers, and test-takers. That exposition is followed by reading guides for twenty-six thought-provoking texts, both classic and contemporary.
Talking Points, in essence a literary tour guide, leads readers to points of interest on their reading journeys. It is an effective resource for use in settings that follow a Reading Workshop or Literature Circles design. Talking Points not only frames the literary experience with guide posts for inquiry and reflection, it also provides an effective method for managing classrooms and for maximizing time-on-task. 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, and that a book is not only read but truly experienced. Copies can be mailed for $20.00, plus USPS flat rate shipping.