Justice Jigsaw

Life is Lit
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Life is Lit


This cooperative learning strategy is a great way to pair diverse groups of students (ethnicities, gender, academic levels) with texts that examine themes of justice, freedom, resilience and anti-racism.

Sometimes these texts can be difficult to read simply because of the emotional toll they can take on students, so breaking the content into sections helps students access the information in digestible chunks.

The original strategy includes students participating in a “home group” then forming an “expert group” and then back to their “home group.”

I adapted the strategy in an effort to streamline the process.

This strategy allows students to develop their speaking and listening skills as well as their ability to identify the main idea and key details of a text.

Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


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