Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Socratic Seminar | Close Reading Jigsaw


Purpose: This protocol permits small groups of students to engage in an effective, time-efficient way with a lengthier text. A reading comprehension “Cooperative Jigsaw” activity that teaches close reading strategies in a quick fun engaging way. Having every student read every part of a lengthier text might not always be necessary. Students can divide up the reading, writing, activates to become an expert in one area (Jigsaw). Students hear oral or written summaries associated with other students reading, they gain an understanding of the larger text and material context.

1. Divide the selected text into workable sections.

2. Arrange students into cooperative groups and assign them a section of the text to read, analyze and do a keyword outline. Assign students Lotus Notes or Cornell Note and paper for a keyword outline.

3. Participants read their section independently, looking for keywords, interesting  statements, important points, brand new information, or answers to questions.

4. Students use the keyword outline and Lotus Notes or Cornell Note to synthesize an adroit summary of their section of the text,

5. Each student takes turns and shares their summaries, key ideas, high points, interesting passages, sentences,  of his/her important “Ahh Haas” for the text.

6. After the discussion students independently “write” and reflect on their understanding  of the broader text to help them make it their own. Writing is not always necessary the refection is!

7. Debrief: Have cooperative groups share insights and discoveries. Did the seminar process help students gain an understanding of the whole text? What worked well for the group? Is there added discussion skills that need to be practiced? Are combined groups or smaller groups better? How could we improve this seminar and make it more fun and engaging? 

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