Spotlight on Strategies

Jigsawing Your Way Through Late 20th Century Presidents

What is Jigsawing?

Jigsaw is a cooperative learning strategy that enables each student of a “home” group to specialize in one aspect of a learning unit. Students meet with members from other groups who are assigned the same aspect, and after mastering the material, return to the “home” group and teach the material to their group members.

How will this work?

We will have 5 groups of students with 4 students in each group. Each of the 5 groups will select one of the presidents of the late 20th century. With in each group, the 4 student members will pick one area of their president to research. Those areas will be: major accomplishments, downfalls and/or controversy, legacy (how they are viewed), and developing an argument on why their president is the best. Once each member has research their specific aspect of their president, they will leave their own group and gather with the other group members who share their topic (ex. all people who researched major accomplishments will meet). Those mixed groups will share their information and then return to their original group to share/teach the other group members about the other presidents. At the end, all members should know about all aspects of all presidents.

Challenge:

Choose another topic such as a military conflict or war that took place during one of the presidents terms. How could you use jigsawing to address key points of their military conflict? What key aspects would you want the students to learn?
How could you use digital media tools to have the students present/share their information across their groups?

Places to look for information

Citations

Websites:

Saskatoon Public Schools. (2004-2009). Instructional strategies online. Retrieved from http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/De/PD/instr/strats/jigsaw/index.html


Summers, R. (1996-2008). Potus: Presidents of the united states. Retrieved from http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/


CB Presidental Research Services. (2014, Jan 1). presidents of the united states. Retrieved from http://www.presidentsusa.net/


White House. (2014, Jan 1). Presidents. Retrieved from http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/


Images:


Presidental Timeline [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.neh.gov/files/imagecache/explore_large/explore/images/presidents.jpg


Presidents [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/


White House [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e1/White_House_Washington.JPG