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Cooperative Literature Groups

Found in: cooperative learning; language arts and literature

My favorite cooperative group activity is the jigsaw activity. This works great for learning new material. When my class is learning about different types of folk literature, I give them a grid and put them into smaller groups. Each group is responsible for two types of folk literature (myths, folk songs, legends, etc.), and they have to read the text to figure out what type of characters, tone, purpose, etc. that each has.

When each group is finished with their two types, I have them get into three or four big groups to teach each other. One person from each of the smaller groups gets to teach the bigger group. The children enjoy this activity because it lets them interact with one another and be the teacher for the day. The challenge is to get lower functioning students to present their grids to their groups rather than just letting other students copy them.


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