Below are useful conversation starters that I pass out to students on their way in the door. They must use what is on their card as a verbal exit ticket. You can allow students to use the cards at any point during the lesson or you may want to have students use them in a limited time as a way to facilitate longer discussions. As these are general for almost any text, I have mine laminated and use them over and over.
I also use this strategy with our weekly vocabulary words. Index cards work great to pass out and collect again.