Summaries and Reflections
Write About
A concrete tool for summarization in which students use key vocabulary terms to synthesize their understanding in a paragraph as well as represent ideas graphically. It combines both verbal-linguistic and spatial intelligences.
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Lists, Charts, and Graphic Organizers
Matrix
When studying a unit that has several ideas, people, principles, or other items to compare, the Matrix strategy can help students make sense of the information. The Matrix is a visual tool that helps students make comparisons among items. Unlike a Venn Diagram, the Matrix can be used to compare and contrast many items at once.
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Visual Representation of Information
Unit Collage
A Unit Collage is a student-generated, ongoing, visual synthesis of a topic studied in a class. It includes on one page a group of eight to ten drawings, symbols, captions, and so forth that capture the essence of a unit of study. Creating individual unit collages allows students to process information more deeply through their own synthesis of ideas, both visual and linguistic. Because the collages are fairly open-ended, they appeal to learners of different strengths and intelligences. Along the way, these collages serve as a check for student understanding and an opportunity for informal assessment. These collages will later serve as effective study tools and triggers for student memory.

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Collaborative Activities
Four More!
Four More! integrates collaboration, movement, and individual accountability. Students begin working on their own, then move around the classroom for a brief period of interaction and information gathering with classmates. Then, students head back tot heir seats where they individually elaborate upon what they've recorded, adding details to the main ideas they have gained from their peers.

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