Hierarchy of Talk Talk is the primary tool for helping students in your class develop and extend their thinking about books and reading. By teaching students how to talk well about their books, we can teach them how to think well. While most everyone in our class has a place in their lives where talk is central, this is often not the classroom. Students come to us with a variety of classroom discussion experiences. Below is a hierarchy we might use to figure out students' strengths in classroom discourse. It can also be used to help us develop talk curriculum.
Say Anything--Students are encouraged to have any response at all and to say it out loud.