Academic Conversations

Classroom Talk that Fosters Critical Thinking and Content Understandings

Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideas.

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Where would we be without conversation? Throughout history, conversations have allowed us to see different perspectives, build ideas, and solve problems. Conversations, particularly those referred to in this book as academic conversations, push students to think and learn in lasting ways. Academic conversations are back-and-forth dialogues in which students focus on a topic and explore it by building, challenging, and negotiating relevant ideas.

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About the Author(s)

Jeff Zwiers teaches in the Stanford Teaching Education Program and works for Stanford's Center to Support Excellence in Teaching.

He received his EdD from the University of San Francisco and has taught English, Spanish, science, and history in high school, middle school, and elementary school.

Marie Crawford is an assistant principal at Central Middle School in the San Carlos School District. She has been a mentor teacher for urban teachers, a classroom teacher in urban schools, and a museum educator.

Table of Contents

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Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Reasons to Converse in School
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Academic Conversations
Chapter 3: Lesson Activities for Developing Core Conversation Skills
Chapter 4: Designing Effective Conversation Tasks
Chapter 5: Training Students for Advanced Conversations
Chapter 6: Developing Academic Grammar and Vocabulary Through Conversation
Chapter 7: Conversations in Language Arts
Chapter 8: Conversations in History
Chapter 9: Conversations in Science
Chapter 10: Academic Conversations Assessment
Chapter 11: Reminders
Appendix
References
Index

Product Details

Grade Range: 5-12
Media: 240 pp/paperMedia: E-Book/Print Bundle
Year: 2010
Item No: 0884Item No: 0921Item No: B884
ISBN: 978-157110-884-5ISBN: 978-157110-921-7ISBN: 978-15711B-884-5

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