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Big Paper Activity

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Big Paper Activity

  1. 1. + Big Paper Activity Give Every Student a Voice
  2. 2. + Preparation Step 1
  3. 3. + Write a series of questions that you want students to consider
  4. 4. + Preparation Form a group of 3 or 4  Move your desks into discussion formation  Send one group member to the front to obtain the following:  4 different colored markers (distribute to the group)  1 piece of chart paper (put in the middle of your desks with the question face down) Remember  Do not discuss the question or write on the paper yet
  5. 5. + Part I Comment on your own big paper  Silently turn over the chart paper  Each group has a different question written on the chart paper  All group members must silently read the question  Silently respond to the question in writing  Remember, your response is your opinion (here is no right or wrong answer)  Each student is to comment on the question  Group members will silently respond to their group members’ answers in writing  Responses can address the question or ask another related question  You can draw lines connecting questions/comments to other questions/comments  Essentially, you are to conduct a written conversation  Remember  More than one student can be writing at the same time  All communication should be in writing. No talking!!!
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  7. 7. + Part II Comment on other big papers With your group rotate to another discussion group. Read the question on their chart paper Using your markers build on the conversation already there Remember Still no talking!
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  9. 9. + Part III Return to your own big paper Return to your chart paper You may now break your silence Look at any comments on your paper written by others As a group identify one or two questions or comments that stand out to you Be prepared to share with the class
  10. 10. + Part IV Class discussion  Debrief  Thoughts? Questions? Reflection on having a silent conversation

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