Students will answer six critical-thinking questions about the poem, "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus. This handout only includes the questions and key; the teacher should provide the poem to the class beforehand and hopefully have students annotate the poem to prepare them for this assignment.
I would suggest assigning one question to each student. For instance, in a class of twenty four, four students will get the same question since there are six total questions on the handout. Initially, have the student only answer his/her question. Each question is multiple-choice and asks students to explain why his/her answer choice is the correct answer afterwards.
Once students have been provided adequate time to answer his/her question, have him/her pair up with someone else who has the same question to discuss their thoughts. Once arranged with a partner, it's possible that students may rethink their answer choices. Once these partners have been provided adequate time, have them get with the other pair in the classroom who had the same question. This larger group of four must decide their final answer for the question. The teacher should circulate during this time to steer students in the right direction as needed. In this larger group, you may have students answer the remainder of the questions, but each group is responsible for presenting their question and correct answer with the class; this is a way to review the entire assignment and make students more involved in the learning process.
The 1, 2, 4 is a great way to scaffold learning and encourage students to use 21st century skills.
A key is provided.