November 30, 2015 Issue 14 Volume 4
Cubing Provides Perspective by Barbara Blackburn
Cubing allows students to look at a topic or issue from six perspectives. At a basic level, the sides of the cube are labeled who, what, when, where, why, and how. Students would then write about or answer the questions for each side of the block. When I was teaching, I used more sophisticated prompts for writing. They required my students to move beyond a basic answer to more complex responses.
Describe It (the topic or issue)
Argue For or Against It
One of the benefits of cubing is that you can use a variety of prompts, depending on your specific grade level and/or subject area. A caution, however; be sure your prompts are appropriate for the topic and encourage higher level thinking, rather than just being a cute worksheet.
Other Possible Cubing Prompts
Write a Sentence (or Paragraph) with It
A final way to use cubes is to write different assignments on each side of the cube. Students can "roll the cube" physically or electronically to determine their activity, or you can assign specific sides to them. It's a great option for differentiating instruction.