The Jigsaw strategy allows all readers to become experts on a text in a Newsela Text Set and then teach and learn from others in cooperative groups. In this strategy, each student is assigned a different article to explore within the same Text Set. While they are reading, students use the Newsela Annotations feature to highlight important information that they would like to share with their classmates. After reading, students report on their learnings and findings to a small group of their classmates.
Teacher Preparation and Planning:
Determine the purpose of the Jigsaw Reading activity. In this case, students will interact with one another in order to exchange factual information about a common topic (e.g., What is Autism Awareness Week? What is a black hole? What makes Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain?)
Newsela article selection:
Make a determination regarding the grouping of students. Each group should have at least three members, but should not exceed six. Locate the Cooperative Learning Chart in the resource section below, if needed, to use as a reference.
Consider creating an organizational tool such as a chart (handwritten or digital) to track which articles within each Text Set have been assigned to which students. Refer to the example of an Article Assignment Chart in the resource section below.
Locate and make copies (or enable digital access to) the Article Analysis Template to be used by students during reading. Refer to the example in the resource section below.
Explain the purpose of the task to students and how it relates to the daily objective or learning target.
Model for students how to access Text Sets and/or separate articles on Newsela. Model for students how to use Newsela features like Annotations.
Using teacher discretion, group students accordingly and assign the selected articles within each Text Set. Consider letting students select the articles.
Have students meet with their groups to determine which article each group member will read within the assigned text set. Complete the Article Assignment Chart for organizational purposes.
Provide students with the Article Analysis - Guiding Questions Template to be used during reading.
Review the task, timeline, expectations, and evaluative tools.
Assign the Newsela article or Text Set and decide whether to provide it at the Newsela Recommended reading level for each student or adjust the reading level to a particular grade for all students.
Have students read and annotate the Newsela articles of their choice. One example of a color coded annotation system (Non-Pro/Pro Users):
YELLOW: Highlight/Explain the central idea of the article
GREEN: Highlight/Describe interesting points of the article
BLUE: Highlight/List and explain any new vocabulary words used in the article that are crucial to the understanding of the article
RED: Highlight/Write what you learned from examining the article
Have students complete the Article Analysis - Guiding Questions Template as they read the assigned article. Refer to the example of the completed chart included in the resource section below.
Ask students to return to their groups with the completed Article Analysis Templates.
If needed, assign numbers to students to facilitate the exchange of ideas in an assigned order. To ensure equity of voice, consider timing students using either a digital clock visible to all or providing each group with a timer.
Explain to students that they will share their findings using the guiding questions from the Article Analysis template as their discussion starters. Consider modeling one share out, if needed.
Ask students to jot down 1-2 facts they learned about the topic of the Text Set during the Jigsaw Reading activity using an Exit Ticket.
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Consider Jigsaw Reading activity in a digital form using Flipgrid.
Once students complete their Article Analysis Templates, have them video record a brief summary of everything they learned about the assigned topic using Newsela article as a resource.
When finished, asked them to view at least 2-3 Flipgrid recordings of their peers.
Instead of jotting down the new information using the written Jigsaw Reading Exit Ticket, have them record a response where they share what they learned from each classmate.
Consult the Educator's Guide to Flipgrid second edition by Sean Fahey and Karly Moura to learn more.