Jigsaw Reading

Jigsaw reading is a cooperative learning technique that involves dividing a text into sections and assigning each section to different groups of students.

Choose a text: Select a text that is appropriate for the language level of your students and that can be divided into sections. This could be a short story, a news article, or a passage from a textbook.

Sections: Divide the text into sections that are roughly equal in length. You will need to have enough sections to assign one to each group of students. For 40 students, you could have 8 groups of 5 students each or 10 groups of 4 students each.

Assign: Assign each section of the text to a different group of students. Make sure each group knows which section they are responsible for.

Have students read and become experts on their section: Give students time to read and study their section of the text. They should become experts on their section and be prepared to share their knowledge with the rest of the class.

Form new groups: Once each group has become an expert on their section, form new groups that include one member from each of the original groups. For example, if you had 8 original groups, form 8 new groups that each include one student from each of the original groups.

Have students share their knowledge: In their new groups, students should take turns sharing what they learned about their section of the text. Encourage students to ask questions and clarify any misunderstandings.

Wrap up: Finally, wrap up the activity by discussing the text as a whole class. You can ask students to share their overall impressions of the text, summarize the main ideas, or discuss any themes or issues that emerged from the text.

Please feel free to edit or create your own version, this was created with Grade 1 JHS in mind it can be adapted as needed.

Submitted by Pezzdoctor February 24, 2023 Estimated time: 10-30mins

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