Last week, in book club groups, the 3rd graders were engaged in debating ideas about characters across different texts. Students practiced the art of “respectful disagreement” as way to come to understand others’ perspectives. Throughout book club, students have been mindful of the guidelines for productive conversations (looking at the speaker, nodding or commenting to show you are listening, asking questions about what someone said, giving every voice a chance to speak, and letting the speaker finish before you start talking). During our debates, readers discussed questions such as: Which character is more _____ (trait)?, Which character is better at solving problems?, and Which character would make a better friend? Each reader was given time to prepare for their debate by marking text evidence to support their claims. It was wonderful to see children engaged in a productive disagreement, supporting their reasons with text evidence while also opening their minds to other perspectives and ideas.