How do I do it?
Sharing builds class community, trust, and respect and gives students practice with language. Try whole class sharing: Start with simple topics and focus on only one type of sharing at a time (e.g. a picture of the family; a book; a favorite food; a talent etc.) Introduce and post the language patterns that will be used for the share (e.g. “This is my ___.” “I like ____ because ____.”)
Sharing can also be used throughout the day in the form of a think-pair-share: For any topic that students can talk about, give clear directions or a clear question. Preview the language they will need to use when they share and have them practice before they share with their partner. Students get about 30 seconds to think, then find their partner, then share their answer to the question. (Be sure it is open-ended enough so that students at different language and knowledge levels can participate.)
Variations & Extensions
Have a weekly or monthly share topic and 1-5 students a day have a few minutes to share. Literacy share: bring in an object to share that relates to a book or aspect of language you are studying. After the share students can each write and/or draw a page in response to the share that you bind into a book for the student who shared or for classroom use.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards 1&6
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Common Core ELA Language Standard 1
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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