In this book Gilmore offers accessible, classroom-tested, and matter-of-fact techniques grounded in the idea that literary conversations thrive when students can connect their interests and beliefs to what they’re reading. Gilmore’s ideas for new, unusual, and original models for engaged discussion are easy to reproduce and use, and they get results. Speaking Volumes includes: numerous sample activities based on commonly taught literature quotations, prompts, and reproducible surveys to help you open, focus, or plan a discussion teacher-friendly uses for technology that stimulate conversations activities that connect ideas from books to current events and issues detailed follow-ups to help you assess what a book discussion has contributed to students’ understanding