You Say - I Say
This book provides fun listening, speaking, and writing engagement strategies for your class. It is formatted as a "game" where students are given four choices about various topics and must guess which one their partner would choose. They begin with the ones they think their partner would not choose—giving specific reasons why—and concluding with the answer they have chosen, again explaining their choice. Then it's the partner's turn. Students love hearing what others think about them (whether their partner is right or wrong) and then debating the issue. When the time is up (approximately five minutes), both students have elaboration they can use in a one-paragraph Quick Write. Students are taught to reason, support, and have fun doing it!