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Gauge students’ understanding and interest in a topic by asking them to write down takeaways, questions, and something they enjoyed about a text, film, or lesson.
This brainstorming exercise is a quick way to generate students’ thoughts, measure prior knowledge, or check learning.
Lead students in a critical analysis of an image that enhances their observational, interpretive, and critical thinking skills.
Teach students to carefully read material by having them underline key words, write margin notes, and summarize main ideas.
Get students thinking about the ideas and themes that they’ll encounter in a unit or a text.
Make your students’ group work more effective by giving each member a specific role to play.
Structure an active class discussion in which students express their opinions by standing along a continuum.
Students have a written conversation with peers and use silence as a tool to explore a topic in depth.
Students clarify aspects of their identity or the identity of a historical or literary figure by writing poems that focus on deeper elements of personal makeup like experiences, relationships, hopes, and interests.
Students practice perspective-taking by representing the point of view of an assigned personality in a small-group discussion.
Provide students with a graphic tool to record and organize information about characters in a text.
Help students engage with a fictional or historical character by creating an annotated illustration.