Find a Sentence Discussion Protocol


Purpose

To provide participants with an opportunity to synthesize the important ideas from a reading assignment and reach a common understanding of the author's message

Directions

After reading a passage, ask participants to choose one sentence from the reading that they particularly resonated with or that they felt captured the essence of the passage. The facilitator highlights each sentence from the passage as participants go around the circle. After completing the circle, the facilitator reads back the highlighted sentences in the order that they appear in the passage. This serves as a synthesis of the most important points for those readers.

Debrief

After reading the highlighted sentences, ask participants what insights they have from unpacking the text using this process.

Notes

This can be done with any size group. If the groups are very small or very large, adjust the length of the reading or the number of sentences.

Try using this protocol with a powerful essay such as Margaret Wheatley's Willing to be Disturbed essay.