Think-Pair-Share is a strong discussion strategy that enables students to not only think individually about a given topic but also become an active participant in their learning.

Students begin by thinking individually about a topic. They must individually generate reasons why they have chose a particular answer or statement. Then they have an opportunity to be paired up and share their responses. It is vital that they have proof to back up their reasoning. This gives students an opportunity to back up their thinking, as well as hear from a different perspective. Finally the whole class or group shares their responses to help students discuss and debate their own thinking.

Group Size: Any

Learning Objectives:

Students will think about events surrounding Tuck Everlasting and have proof to back up why they agree or disagree with various statements.

Students will share this knowledge with others helping to improve their speaking and listening skills.

Guiding Question:

Would you agree or disagree with each statement listed on the Anticipatory Guide? Be sure to have proof to back up your thinking.


1. Anticipation Guide (for each student)

2. Anticipation Guide for whole class to see

3. Partners for each individual

4. Marker


1. The teacher introduces the Anticipatory Guide telling students they must critically think about each item and determine if they agree or disagree with it at this time in their life. Let the students know that these same ideas and events will be encounter in the novel, Tuck Everlasting.

2. Hand out an Anticipatory Guide to each student.

3. The teacher reads off each statement on the Anticipatory Guide. Give them about one minute per question, depending on the students. Remind them to think about reasons why they are choosing either agree or disagree.

4. Partner up students. Each partnership should read off each statement and tell if they agree or disagree with it. They must then give reasoning behind each of their statements.

5. Conclude with a whole class sharing discussion. Read off each statement and have students raise their hands if they agree or disagree.

6. Call on several students to give their rationale behind their thinking. Allow students to debate their thinking.

7. Collect the Anticipatory Guides to hand out at the end of the novel study.


Suggested Idea:

Hand students back their Anticipatory Guide at the end of the novel study. With a different color, students should redo their answers.

Discuss as a whole class whose answers have changed and why.

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