answer garden exampleThe posing of a discussion question as a Connection Activity can be used to invite students to share their opinions and experiences about the lesson topic and can encourage multiple viewpoints. Consider asking questions that will encourage students to relate to the lesson topic on a more personal level. For example, "What does x term mean to you?"; "What experience have you had with x topic?" You can pair students or group them in threes or fours, and let them discuss the question. This encourages participation from all students, even those who may be hesitant speaking up in a whole-class discussion.

You can also use the Discussion Tool in DC Connect to facilitate an online discussion, or you can use a tool such as AnswerGarden to create a word cloud of student responses.