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Learning task 5

Investigate how a compass works - jigsaw reading

Jigsaw reading (combined with reciprocal teaching) gives all students a role to focus on when reading, encourages learning from each other and ensures students use both receptive and productive skills.

What to consider:

  • Do all the ESOL students have a role that allows them to actively participate in this lesson?
  • Have I provided enough language support enabling my ESOL students to participate?

Use texts (Word 45KB) with differing reading levels that suit the reading levels of groups in your class.

Each student in a 'home group' is given a number and moves to join other students with the same number to create an 'expert group'. Each group has a different part of the text to read and discuss, using the steps of the reciprocal teaching. When this activity is completed, each member of the expert group should end up with a summary page containing key words and (often) a diagram. They then return to their 'home group' to teach the information to the others in the group (without using the original text). They take turns and the rest of the group listens and records important facts.

After these reading and discussion activities, teachers can set a FollowUpTask (Word 24KB) to check comprehension, preferably without students having access to the original text.

Principle 3

Published on: 19 Feb 2018