This is a blank talk frame that teachers can use to develop lesson plans and discussions. The talk frame nicely sets up classroom discussions in which students will take different sides of an argument and discuss different methods for solving problems. The talk frame provides a space for a guiding question or math problem that the lesson will be focused on, three spaces for different student responses or methods of thinking about the guiding question, and a section to outline the major points that you wish for students to take away from a lesson.

Microsoft Word version: GraphicOrganizer_TalkFrameWorksheetTemplate1

PDF version: GraphicOrganizer_TalkFrameWorksheetTemplate1


This second template of a talk frame is directed at students of any age. The first page has blank space for a Talk About and We Understand section, with directions as to what belongs in each section. The second page provides a space for a Think and Talk idea section, where students can record the claim and possible ideas.

Microsoft Word version: GraphicOrganizer_TalkFrameWorksheetTemplate2

PDF version: GraphicOrganizer_TalkFrameWorksheetTemplate2


A template of the talk frame is used to discover the meaning of a mathematical argument. The Think section holds a restated version of the question, the Talk Ideas section contains anticipated student responses and ideas, and the We Understand section clarifies what a mathematical argument entails. Students are asked to relate an argument they have with a peer to having a mathematical argument in order to determine the definition of a mathematical argument.

Microsoft Word version: IntroductionToArgumentation_TalkFrame

PDF version: IntroductionToArgumentation_TalkFrame