The Most Reasonable Answer

The Most Reasonable Answer Helping Students Build Better Arguments Together

Alina Reznitskaya and Ian A. G. Wilkinson, Foreword by Catherine E. Snow
cloth, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-122-8
Price: $60.00

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paper, 224 Pages
Pub. Date: November 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-121-1
Price: $30.00

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The Most Reasonable Answer is an innovative and comprehensive guide to engaging students in inquiry dialogue—a type of talk used in text-based classroom discussions. During inquiry dialogue, students collectively search for the most reasonable answers to big, controversial questions, and, as a result, enhance their argumentation skills and develop a deep understanding of the texts they read. Based on years of research and work in nearly fifty classrooms, this book is an essential resource for educators looking for new ways to teach critical thinking and engage students in high-quality discourse. 


Finally, a resource that can help elementary teachers engage students in deep, meaningful discussions about the texts they read! This book is a fabulous resource to help educators understand the essential concepts of argument literacy, and to plan and conduct classroom discussions—a skill that will help students meet the most rigorous standards. — Amy Pacifico, fifth-grade teacher, West Orange School District, New Jersey

Reznitskaya and Wilkinson illuminate the idea of argumentation as a way to help all students think critically, engage with one another’s ideas around complex issues, and learn how to learn. The authors translate research and theory into an accessible vision of discourse-rich dialogic classroom environments, relevant to any subject matter. They provide practices, tools, and richly detailed examples that can help make student-led argument a core element of any curriculum. — Mark Windschitl, professor of science education, University of Washington

With strong conceptual grounding in argumentation theory, rich research-based examples of teachers facilitating inquiry dialogues, and practical tools for building elementary students’ argument literacy through collaborative classroom talk, The Most Reasonable Answer is a tremendous resource for elementary and middle school teachers, literacy coaches, and literacy teacher educators. I am now awaiting the secondary-level installment! — Mary M. Juzwik, professor, departments of teacher Education and English, Michigan State University

The book is pedagogically sound and ready to be used as a tool, not just as a book to read and put on a shelf. Additionally, it promotes professional development that closely resembles action research, one of the best ways for teachers to think about their own teaching and make adjustments based on findings. — Emily Reeves, Teachers College Record

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About the Authors

Alina Reznitskaya is a professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at Montclair State University. Ian A. G. Wilkinson is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine E. Snow


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