**21.**

**THREE INDEX CARD DISCUSSION**(Discussion, Questioning, Writing, Reading)

**Description:**This student talk strategy is less formal than the Socratic Seminar but allows all students to speak and share, thus developing discussion skills.

**Application**: This pre-reading, reading, and post-reading strategy encourages rich discourse.

**Process:**Choose text for students to read. Distribute three blank index cards to each student. Direct them to come up with three discussion questions about the text. Give a set time for students to generate and record questions on the cards. Direct the students to sit in a circle and pose their question for the class to discuss. Remind students to make comments around the circle and not to the teacher. (For each turn that a student takes, either asking or responding to a question, a card is thrown into the center of the circle.) Provide guidance as students must use all index cards, either asking or responding. (Once all cards are used, the activity is over.) Save time at the end for feedback and debriefing the discussion. Ask students to summarize the discussion in a paragraph and turn in.

*Reference and/or for more information:*

**21. Three Index Card Discussion**

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/files/curriculum/3-IndexCardStrat04.pdf