Positioning text so that it is at the center of instruction is challenging, to say the least. Thus, as part of Core Task Project and Core Task implementation Project trainings, specific moves have been integrated to assist with this goal. The first is “Text Talk Time,” the second “Talk Moves” and the third is “Text Talk.”
“Text Talk Time” is a move that helps students talk about a text they have been reading. Text Talk Time puts the onus on students for the learning and instills the habits of using evidence to respond to text-dependent questions. You can watch the move in a lesson demonstration here.
“Talk Moves” is a strategy to “develop communication skills.” In this case, students do the following during a discussion about a text they are working with: 1. revoice 2. restate and 3. apply own reasoning. It’s an especially helpful strategy for second language learners. You can learn more here.
“Text Talk” has a feel similar to Number Talks. In this case, students use hand signals to share when they have something to add, when the want to switch topics and when they have a connection to make. You can see Text Talk modeled here.