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  1. 1. LITERACY STRATEGY # 11 “CUBING ” Jessica L. Sep úlveda Rivera
  2. 2. CUBING: GRADES 3-8 <ul><li>With this strategy students explore a topic from six dimensions or viewpoints. </li></ul><ul><li>The name comes from the fact that cubes have six sides. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can use the cube as a way to review a topic they have been studying. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This way is less formal and focuses on using cubing as a tool for learning </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cubes can also be used to demonstrate what they have learned during a thematic unit. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This way is more formal and students use the writing process to draft, revise and edit their writing for each side of the cube. </li></ul></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  3. 3. SIX DIMENSIONS <ul><li>Describe the topic, including its colors, shapes and sizes. </li></ul><ul><li>Compare the topic to something else. Consider how it is similar to or different from this other thing. </li></ul><ul><li>Associate the topic to something else and explain why the topic makes you think of this other thing. </li></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  4. 4. SIX DIMENSIONS <ul><li>Analyze the topic and tell how it is made or what it is composed of. </li></ul><ul><li>Apply the topic and tell how it can be used or what can be down with it. </li></ul><ul><li>Argue for or against this topic. Take a stand and list reasons to support it. </li></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  5. 5. STEP BY STEP <ul><li>1. Choose a topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Students choose a topic related to a literature focus unit or thematic unit for the cubing </li></ul><ul><li>2. Divide students into groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Students will work in six small groups; each group examines from one of the six dimension. As an alternative, teachers can divide the students in to six-member groups and have each group cube the topic (each member in each group will examine the topic from one of the six dimensions and the group will create a cube). </li></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  6. 6. STEP BY STEP <ul><li>3. Brainstorm. </li></ul><ul><li>Students brainstorm ideas about the dimension and write a quickwrite or make a drawing using the ideas gathered though brainstorming. </li></ul><ul><li>4. Complete the cube. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can share their quickwrites with the class then attach them to the sides of the box. Students can also construct a cube by folding and gluing cardboard or paper into a six-sided box. </li></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  7. 7. CUBING: GRADES K-2 <ul><li>The cubing exercise is an excellent students of all ages. However for the younger grades I recommend making some simple modifications to the content of the cube. </li></ul><ul><li>For example the Story Elements Cube. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This cube consisted of: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Characters </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Setting </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plot </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Problem/Solution or the student’s favorite scene </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Point of View </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Theme </li></ul></ul></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  8. 8. CUBE DESIGN Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera
  9. 9. REFERENCE <ul><li>Tompkins, G. E. (2004). 50 Literacy Strategies: Step by Step . New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc. </li></ul>Jessica L. Sepúlveda Rivera