Wednesday, 1 March 2017

HARKNESS DISCUSSION #4: Your Connections

Must be posted by the end of the double period.
After you are done, you must complete the following:

1. As a team, complete the assessment tool for litspiration challenge 2.
2. Complete the VERY SHORT survey for Ms. G.
3. Work on individual blog post 4 (due Monday).

WHILE YOU ARE IN YOUR DISCUSSION, AVOID TALKING ABOUT THE PLOT ONLY. Discussing the plot is not deep inquiry: talk about the author's choices, and the deeper ideas the author is trying to communicate to her readers; in other words, engage in inquiry. Make predictions about future events. Make inferences about why the author does what she does. Use evidence to support your ideas. Ask questions. Dig deep!

ALSO, ENSURE THAT YOU ARE HAVING A DISCUSSION: respond to the ideas your peers are presenting. Ask a follow-up question. Disagree. Agree. Don't just talk: discuss, argue, demonstrate your deep thinking!

Your fourth Harkness discussion will focus on the connections to the book you have made so far, up to page 229. 
  • use your sticky notes to help you 
  • try to make connections to what you talked about in your last Harkness discussions
  • check out the strategies for success in the "assessment" section for guidance
  • think about how you can incorporate your knowledge of literary terms into this roundtable
  • use your inquiry skills to think critically and deeply; think outside the box!
ROLES:The moderator will ensure that the discussion stays focused, and can use the discussion questions he/she created.

The cartographer will map the discussion using the provided form. This map should be posted along with the discussion (take a picture!)

The recorder will use his/her computer (or an appropriate device of his/her choice) to record the discussion for her group. The recorder is also responsible for uploading the discussion to Soundcloud AND posting on the blog.


Your blog post (created and published by the recorder for each group) must include:

1. Recorded conversation embedded (If you need a refresher on how to do this, please ask Ms. G.!)

2. Copy of completed discussion map

3. Completed reflection questions. (These should be discussed and completed together!)

1. How did we support quieter people during the discussion?

2. How did we support the more talkative people in the group?

3. What is the timestamp of our best moment of discussion, and why?

4. What is our main goal for our next discussion?