Great educators know that collaboration and discussion are essential for student engagement and improved student outcomes. That's why we've designed ThinkCERCA with multiple opportunities for students to share their thoughts and build knowledge with their peers.
Throughout ThinkCERCA's Applied Reading and Writing lessons, you can have your students collaborate in pairs, in small groups, or as a whole class.
After Step 1: Turn and Talk
Have students pair up and discuss their answers to the personal connection question.
In Step 2, before submitting their multiple choice responses: Prediction Strategies
Have students pair up and predict the answers to the multiple choice questions before evaluating the choices.
In Step 2, after submitting answers and seeing the results: Error Analysis
Put students in small groups and have them analyze the questions and answer choices for any items they missed.
After Step 3: Collaborating to Find Evidence
Put students in small groups and have them work together to find the best evidence and reasoning from the text to support their group's claim.
Before Step 4: Summarizing
Have students pair up and share their summaries. Then have the students write one combined summary for their pair.
Have a discussion or debate with small groups of students or the whole class.
After Step 6: Peer Editing
Have pairs of students provide feedback on each other's work using the rubric found on the left-hand side of the lesson.