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3.9 Collaborative Conversations to Apply Knowledge

Mrs. Valbuena utilizes the “Mingle, Mingle” strategy to get her students to engage in peer-to-peer collaborative conversations in which they apply the concepts from their study of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights to their understanding about rules and laws in their community. Teaching and practicing civil discourse in this way combines literacy development with history/social studies content, thereby modeling the importance of deliberate conversations in a democratic society and allowing students opportunities to acquire this vital civic skill:

Research has shown discussing current issues benefits students in other areas. A University of Maryland study showed that students who took part in interactive discussions related to civic education scored highest on 21st century competencies that include working with others, and knowledge of economic and political processes."

Association of California School Administrators

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While watching the video, pay particular attention to how the students respond to the questions presented and how the teacher supports biliteracy development by encouraging students to communicate in their home language.

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Select the link to reveal one of the Grade 5 CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy developed through this activity.

Support for English Learners

In the video, one of the students participates in the activity using her primary language (L1). Select the following link to learn more about how the teacher facilitates the use of L1 in this activity and the benefits for allowing L1 in the classroom.

Using L1 in the Classroom