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Pick A Card
This strategy is designed to engage students in group discussion, by giving them specific roles to play. The teacher uses a prepared deck of cards with different tasks on each card, to determine what each student will do during and after interacting with a media segment. Keeping students actively engaged will help with both immediate and long-term comprehension of content material, leading to greater success with academic tasks such as writing assignments, reports, and assessments.
Materials: teacher-created deck of cards of individual tasks
- Walk around the classroom with the deck of task cards. Approach students one-at-a-time and say, like a magician, “Pick a card, any card.” Have students choose cards and read what their tasks will be.
- Create a deck of task cards. The tasks should be broad enough that they can be reused with any type of media or topic of study. It is a good idea to make multiple copies of the same tasks so that each task is completed by multiple students. Some examples of tasks include:
- Write 3 facts about ________.
- Define 3 vocabulary words included in the media
- Write 3 questions you still have.
- Why do you think ________ is a good idea or bad idea?
- What do you think will happen next?
- Have students interact with the media and work on their specific tasks.
- Students should complete their tasks independently and then gather in task groups to share and review results with other students who share the same task.
- After small groups have collaborated, have the entire class gather and take turns sharing the results of their tasks.