Formal Cooperative Learning: Text Comprehension/Interpretation Karl A. Smith Laura Apol. Reading Comprehension/Interpretation TASK: Read the text (article, chapter, story, poem) and answer the questions. INDIVIDUAL: At least one contribution from each member for each question.
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Formal Cooperative Learning:
Karl A. Smith
TASK: Read the text (article, chapter, story, poem) and answer the questions.
INDIVIDUAL: At least one contribution from each member for each question.
COOPERATIVE: One set of answers from the group, strive for agreement, make sure everyone is able to explain the group’s answer(s) for each question.
EXPECTED CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS: (1) Best answer(s) within time available, and (2) Everyone must be able to explain the process used to answer the questions.
INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTABILITY: One member from your group may be randomly chosen to explain the group’s answer(s).
EXPECTED BEHAVIORS: Active participating, checking for understanding, encouraging everyone’s participation.
INTERGROUP COOPERATION: When you finish compare your answers with those of another group and discuss.
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor –
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So, boy don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
‘Cause you find it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now –
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbing’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
Cooperative Learning is instruction that involves people working in teams to accomplish a common goal, under conditions that involve both positive interdependence (all members must cooperate to complete the task) and individual and group accountability (each member is accountable for the complete final outcome).
Individual and Group Accountability
Face-to-Face Promotive Interaction
Hold onto what is good
Even if it is a handful of earth
Hold onto what you believe in
Even if it is a tree which stands by itself
Hold onto what you must do
Even if it is a long where from here
Hold onto life
Even if it is easier to let go
Hold onto my hand
Even when I have gone away from you
Pueblo Indian Poem