The Silent Conversation

At some point in each novel we read in class, the characters face a difficult decision or make a surprising choice. This is the perfect time to wrap up the chapter with a silent conversation.

Students turn to their foursomes (5 if you have a big class or odd numbers) and each take out a sheet of paper. Throughout the activity they have to remain silent!

1. At the top of the sheet, they should write a question to one of the characters.
2. Pass the paper to the right and each student responds to the question as if the question was directed at them.
3. Pass to the right again and either expand on the response of student 2 or answer it a different way. Students may ask further questions as well.
4. Pass to the right again and respond to any new questions or comment further on the conversation so far. Encourage students to try to see things from a variety of view points and to ask a lot of questions!
5. Collect as a formative assessment.

We ask so many questions when we use language in the real world. This activity can be a great formative reading assessment that also reinforces that question asking skill!!


  1. I also LOVE this idea! I am going to use it soon with my MS-13 unit we’re doing. Thanks Carrie! You are awesome and I appreciate you sharing your ideas so very much!

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