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Collaborative posters

How to use collaborative posters

Students are given time to think individually about how to represent on a collaborative poster the spirit of a text read by the team. In the ensuing discussion in their small groups - at which point the group must reach consensus on one (or more) image, quote and original phrase - all should be primed with ideas to share and from which to build their consensus. In small groups the students share their ideas and reach a consensus.

As groups plan and create their poster, a rubric is essential to ensure that they discuss the text, stay on task, ad use images to highlight main ideas rather than merely to decorate the poster. Each student in the team uses a single marker, of a different colour from any other team members, for his or her work on the poster, as well as for signing the poster when the group agrees it is complete. The first time students do a collaborative poster, they should have 30 minutes to complete it, but no more (do not compromise). After 30 minutes, post the posters as they are and have students assess them. Team may revise their posters in their own time. Decrease the time for work on subsequent poster assignments until students work within a 20-minute timeframe.

Source: Quality Teaching for English Learners (West Ed website)

Benefits of collaborative posters

  • Helps students to synthesise their understandings in a visual form with close reference to the text.
  • Encourages creativity.
  • Helps students to self assess using a rubric.

Published on: 28 May 2009