The name ‘Tea Party’ doesn’t sound exceptionally promising, but this strategy actually has many useful components.
To facilitate and lead this discussion, the teacher will select short sentences /phrases /quotes from the text and write them on note cards.
The students will then evaluate these statements and think about/predict what they could mean in the story and share, developing a plan or ‘schema’ for the text.
What I really like about this strategy is that it’s a preview for the text. The teacher has the freedom to select passages, and these passages can directly influence student predictions. I thought that it could also be fun for the teacher and students—perhaps the selected quotes will be intriguing, thought-provoking, quirky, weird, or even scary. I think that by pulling pieces out of the story before actually reading, students will find themselves more connected and more willing to actually start reading.