3-2-1 Discussion Protocol

The 3-2-1- Discussion Protocol is used to focus a discussion and encourage all to participate is the discussion. Below are the instructions:


1) Post the 3-2-1 questions:

  • What are 3 things that you learned?
  • What are 2 things that you found interesting?
  • What is 1 question that you still have?
2) Have participants read the article or passage and take notes in response to the 3-2-1 questions.

3) Ask participants to get into groups of 3 and ask each other the questions.
4) Once participants have answered all of the questions, have them create a visual to share with the whole group that represents their answers to the questions.
5) Bring the whole group back together and have each group share their visuals, discussing the 3-2-1 questions and the article or passage.

You can also use the 3-2-1 questions as an Exit Card with all grade levels.