How would you like a quick and easy way to guide your students through effective group discussions, one that keeps them focused on task? These collaboration placemats do just that!
Use these 8.5 x 14" placemats to organize student group discussions. Just print off one per group and your students will have clear instructions to guide their work together. Currently, there are placemats for discussions on characterization, thematic development and author purpose. You will find choices that can be used for any text or for a full class novel. There are also placemats that can be used to guide group discussion on any topic.
Students will follow the numbered steps on each placemat. Each one asks them to begin with some private reflection, brainstorming or writing. Next, they will share with a partner or the whole group. After that, the instructions vary, depending on the task. Regardless, students will think, write, speak and listen as they work together to do the task. After, you can finish with a full class discussion or with a short writing assignemnt for each student. I use these as a skill building activity, rather than for assessment, but you can choose to use them as a first step for a formal assignment.
NOTE: these placemats are in colour but copy perfectly fine in grey scale.
I plan to add more placemats to this product. Buy now and you will get the updates as they happen -at no further charge!
If you're looking for other critical thinking activities, you might like to check out:
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