A gallery walk is a technique for classroom discussion that encourages students to be actively
engaged while they work in small groups by sharing ideas and responding to texts or questions.
Time: 15 - 30 minutes
Materials: ThinkCERCA text, sticky notes, pencils/pens, chart paper prepared with four quadrants: claim, reason, evidence, reasoning (one for each group)
Students independently work on Step 5 in ThinkCERCA.
Students are separated into small groups.
Students are given sticky notes and write a different part of Step 5 on each Post-it. For example
Claim on one sticky note
Reason on one sticky note
Evidence on one sticky note (encourage students to have more than one piece of evidence)
Reasoning on one sticky note (encourage students to have reasoning for each piece of evidence)
Place each sticky note on the appropriate quadrant in the chart paper and place their chart on the wall or in the middle of a desk.
Students walk around the room as though they are in a gallery. During this time, they read and discuss what they notice all the other sticky notes have written on them.
As a whole group, prompt students to share what they have learned.
Ask students if they were influenced by anything they read and if they would like to make changes to their Step 5 notes in ThinkCERCA.
Have students revise and edit Step 5 and begin working on Step 6.