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Dynamic Duo Text Talks: Examining the Content of Internet Sites

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Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 40-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Valorie A. Stokes

St. Joseph, Missouri


International Literacy Association



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While this lesson makes use of websites about Anne Frank and the Holocaust, teachers can easily adapt the activities to a variety of topics. Guided by the questions on the Observation and Inquiry Sheet provided, students work together to explore several online texts on the chosen topic. Then they examine one website in depth and consider how the unique features of the site are used to convey information about the topic. In a subsequent Silent Conversation, students initiate their own queries and discussions about the substantive content of the online texts. Students meet as a class to share their impressions and opinions of the various sites.


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Keehn, S., & Roser, N.L. (2002). Fostering thought, talk and inquiry: Linking literature and social studies. The Reading Teacher, 55, 416-426.

  • Via the acts of inquiry and conversation, curriculum can be linked in effective ways.

  • Particular materials, texts, and tasks seem to help focus and promote genuine inquiry and conversation.


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