Discourse is the major bridge between the consumption of content and the production of one’s own ideas. It is the true test of students’ thoughts (from when they are initially formulated to a shared verbal revision with peers), which can then lead to a formalized written analysis. At the heart of a discourse aim is the value of listening, which is a practice that students only can understand by experiencing routinized equity.


Need some guidance selecting a discourse routine? The Discourse Routine Guide will help you choose one, based on the obstacles that have surfaced in your classroom.

Discourse Routines