The purpose behind these strategies is to increase student engagement and accountability while completing group based activities. It allows the teacher to model rules and expectations for discussing information as a historian or political scientist, while still providing students the ability to take control of the learning process.
SLIDE#1: Provides a step-by-step guide for completing an activity for students working in groups of four. There is a clear framework, but allows for student choice and flexibility within each step of the learning process. The close read activity instructions will be available soon in another PowerPoint.
SLIDE #2: Provides clear expectations for group roles and responsibilities. The basis of the idea is to have students work in a "committee" - similar to that of our federal government. Each student role is specifically designed with the different types (i.e. natural leaders, those that tend to be shy) of students in mind.
SLIDE #3: Provides explicit expectations on how to discuss as a historian or political scientist in order to ensure engagement for both the student speaking, as well as the other group members.