Respectful Discourse

We’ve used a Respectful Discourse Language Support Menu (LSM) for years. It is a vital component of classroom discussions, debriefings, and interpersonal interactions. This LSM was developed as an example for higher level ELD learners but can easily work for all levels with the right preview & practice and partner support.

For lower ELD learners, construct cleaner starters: “I respectfully disagree …” / “I would like to agree …” become “Excuse me but, …” / “Yes, I agree …” Just be sure to always preview & practice the target phrases.

How we use the Respectful Discourse LSM

Download (click file name below)
Print back-to-back.
We suggest using heavy cardstock and lamination to protect your investment.
Choose a wild and fun color. You’ll need one menu for each team of four or pair of students.
Cut menus in half before laminating.

When students engage in academic conversations, have them choose a sentence starter and then make their statement. The next student then replies by choosing an agreement or disagreement starter and states their opinion or evidence. Continue the discussion until the discussion is complete.