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Cubing Response: This activity allows students to respond to any type of writing. I have used it to connect a nonfiction article with a larger fictional story – like a class novel- with my students. However, you can use it in isolation also.
Have students read the article of your choosing. Then, give them the directions below along with the blank cube sheet. Students complete their responses with one focus on each side of the cube. When they’re finished, they will cut the cube, fold it along the seams, and glue or tape it together. We have a class discussion about our cubing responses, and I often attach string or yarn to the cubes and hang them from the ceiling once all is said and done. It makes for a different type of class display and the students love manipulating their paper and using their hands even though it’s in language arts. From describing the text to arguing for or against it, your students will respond in a unique way to literature.