Tea Party

This strategy allows students to analyze and discuss portions of a text before they read the text in its entirety. Students are able to make predictions and think critically by actively participating with their peers to identify things like causal relationships, comparisons and contrasts, event sequencing, and building on background knowledge during text analysis.


  1. The teacher writes quotes (words, phrases, sentences, or even pictures or screenshots from a video) from a text that students have not yet read on large index cards, then distributes one card to each student. More than one student may receive the same quote.

  2. On the teacher’s signal,  the students walk around the classroom, find a conversation partner,  and take turns reading their quotes to one another. They then discuss what they think the full text is about, taking turns talking about the meanings of the quotes and making predictions about the text. 

  3. After a few minutes, the teacher signals once again for the students to find new partners. The students again share their quotes and discuss to make predictions.

  4. To end the activity, the teacher brings together the whole class to debrief and make predictions about the entire text. 

Helpful Tips

  1. This activity can be used with a variety of texts and media, including poems, articles, or whole books, as well as screenshots, images, logos or stills from digital media.


  1. The teacher can provide discussion starters and graphic organizers to facilitate interaction between lower proficiency students, or to challenge higher proficiency students to have more in depth discussions and record details.


  1. Large index cards with quotes from a text that students have not yet read.

  2. (Optional) Graphic organizers and discussion starters