The Webster faculty is committed to improving instructional
practices that will ultimately lead to improving student
achievement. After analyzing data, it was determined that
many of our students experience difficulty interacting with text in
a way that will support their abilities to
make inferences. In addition, many of our students
have difficulty supporting their inferences with text-based
After much research, we concluded that a commitment should be made
to using the instructional strategy
in all classrooms.
What is Accountable Talk?
Accountable Talk is classroom talk where students are able
to explain how the discussion relates to
the learning objectives. Accountable
Talk includes higher order thinking
questions. When students are engaged in Accountable
Talk, they use the text to support their thinking, referring back
to the text during the discussion. This instructional
strategy requires children to be accountable to the learning
community, to the knowledge, and to rigorous thinking. When
students are engaged in Accountable Talk, an observer might hear
children saying the following:
Where is that in the text?
What is your evidence?
Would you say more about &
That idea connects to &
I agree with & because &
I disagree with & because ...
When reading both literary and informational text with your
children, support them in deepening their understanding of the text
by using the talking stems listed above, or the talking stems
specific to your childs grade.
Thank you for your
ongoing collaboration in our learning community.