Timeline: Reading Time + 2 class periods
The reading can be done at home on their own, quietly in the class, or read aloud. The creation of the dense question(s) can be done in class or at home. In class does allow for additional teacher support. But it’s the meetings that are really fun. There are two ways to do this: One, if students are all reading the same book or article, then a random grouping works best (I use popsicle sticks), or two, if students have chosen book groups then that is the grouping. It’s critical that students have both read the material and created a high-quality dense question before getting into the groups.
The primary artifact is the high-quality dense question. I sometimes add to the activity by having students write down “five facts” or make a deeper “personal connection.” These two items are favorites of the students. They like to play the “fact game” to start a meeting. It’s a little challenge where they go around their group in a circle and each person says a different fact. They keep going as long as they can. If a student runs out, the remaining continue until there is only one person left.