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.