The activity makes it easier for the students to read and understand long and/or complicated texts.
The students practice presenting and arguing. Everybody participates and takes responsibility for a part of the text.
The students are introduced to a text for them to work with.
The students are divided in groups of 3-5 persons.
Everybody reads the whole text, but each group is responsible for a special part of the text and become an ‘expert group’.
The teacher provides the groups with a set of reading questions to the individual text parts.
Each group discusses and answers the reading questions to the text for which it is responsible.
This part of the activity takes places between classes in Google Docs or Blackboard Wiki.
In the next class, new groups are formed with representatives for each ‘expert group’.
The representatives of the ‘expert groups’ present the answers of their individual group to the other members of the new groups.
The new groups reach a joint understanding of the whole text and publish a brief answer in Padlet. (20-45 minutes.)
The exercise is wrapped up by the teacher highlighting central points of the students’ answers. The students are allowed to ask further questions. (5-10 minutes.)