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Collaborative poster

Rationale: students gain access to text through academic, text-based dialogue and collaboration. It helps students to synthesise their understandings in a visual form with close reference to the text.

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 small groups the students share their ideas and reach a consensus. They are given a time limit (20–30 minutes) to work collaboratively on a poster to represent the big ideas of the text.

They must:

  1. Decide on an image that represents the big idea of the text.
  2. Decide on a quote from the text that is critical to the understanding of the text.
  3. Decide on an original phrase that highlights the main idea of the text.
  4. Each student uses a different marker, and all students sign the poster.

Alternatively students may reach consensus on ONE main idea, and then an image for each significant supporting detail of the text.

Students then share their posters and self-assess them using a rubric.

Watch this video to see students making a collaborative poster in a year 10 social studies class

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Published on: 19 Jan 2018