The Barbarian's Creative Library Store brings you a jigsaw puzzle that is designed to help students understand the effort needed to write an essay. It helps them experience the highs and lows of the process and to realise that completion requires tenacity. It also shows that sometimes work needs to be submitted even though it might not be perfect. The completed puzzle gives tips on how to write an essay but it is really the emotional experience that is conveyed - so important when few students get much practice in this life skill before they have to submit an exam essay, The puzzle can be used to demonstrate academic honesty and also contains a couple of deliberate typing mistakes and font size changes to act as a proof reading exercise.
The puzzles are robust, contain 96 pieces of plastic coated wood and are supplied with a completed picture (deliberately not on the tin lid) and also a lesson plan in a tin. The exercise takes a minimum of 20 mins to complete the puzzle and can be done in groups. There should then be a discussion of the process and the outcome. There is a powerpoint of how the puzzle works which gives further information on this link:
This includes a link to a video
I have sold many of these puzzles into schools and have had good feedback as can be seen on my website. It is particularly useful for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Extended Essay and Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ)