(from Rhonda Johnson’s practice lesson)
Give each student 3 index cards. Have them write a passage on each that they think the author has included an important detail, although they don’t have to be certain what that detail means. This might be a passage that is confusing to them right now, because of some detail involved. On the back of each card, students should write a few guesses as to what each of those details may mean.
In pairs, students take turns reading the passage, then the other person gets one minute to say anything they can think of that the passage may mean. Then the first person gets to close by saying anything they had written on their card about the interpretation. Students should be sure to “pass off” the speaking in some way and not talk at once. The idea is that the second person should speak their ideas without any influence from what the first person said.