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30-Second Expert

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This collaborative strategy can be used to introduce new material or to review texts that students have read. 30-Second Expert helps students summarize and synthesize information in a brief, reciprocal activity. Read more »

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3-2-1

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This short writing activity helps students summarize their understanding of material, evaluate that understanding for gaps in knowledge, and communicate this to their teacher. Read more »

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4-2-1

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Students focus on the main ideas of a text through collaboration in this summarization strategy. Read more »

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5W Cube

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The 5W Cube is a portable strategy to target open-ended questions (beginning with who, what, when, where, why, and how) as a means of exploring content and conversational speech. The 5W Cube helps students formulate questions and foster meaningful connections with content. The 5W Cube is a general strategy... Read more »

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ABC Graffiti

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A group brainstorming strategy designed to promote thinking for a topic, concept, text, etc. Students engage to activate prior knowledge and make connections to new learning via other resources. Read more »

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A-CLAP

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This strategy promotes critical thinking when analyzing information sources for research purposes. A-CLAP gives students a framework for evaluating the credibility of a website, article, book, or other source. Read more »

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Affinity Process

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Affinity Process is a strategy that engages students in organizing ideas into themes to summarize content or find points of agreement. Students respond to a prompt, then work in groups to organize the responses into themes. Read more »

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Agreement Circles

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Through the physical movement and discussion of this activity, students practice persuasive communication and critically examine their own opinions. Read more »

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Airplane Landing

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When an assignment calls for thoughtful and measured responses, this strategy enables students to reply in an orderly and democratic fashion. Students sometimes shy away from responding after hearing a classmate give a particularly good response to a question or prompt. By ordering responses beforehand,... Read more »

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Always, Sometimes, or Never True

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Students evaluate statements for how often they are true, which is especially useful in revealing whether they overgeneralize or under-generalize a given concept. Read more »

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Anchor Charts

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Anchor charts are an in-the-moment poster made with student input and then hung on the wall for later reference. Read more »

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Annotating Text

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Annotating Text is a strategy that engages students in close reading to build their vocabulary and reading comprehension. Students identify difficult or confusing passages within a text and then seek to explain them. Read more »

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