This routine draws on the idea of newspaper-type headlines as a vehicle for summing up and capturing the essence of an event, idea, concept, topic, etc.
Activity Flow with Socrative -
- Identify a subject matter topic in which students will gather a fair amount of new information or opinions about it.
- Communicate to students before the activity that they will be asked to write a newspaper headline capturing and summing up the essence of the materials.
- Work through the lesson and then activate the Socrative Short Response feature.
- Ask students this core question:
If you were to write a headline for this topic or issue right now that captured the most important aspect that should be remembered, what would that headline be?
- Students should individually reflect on the task and then discuss in pairs or small groups.
- Have each group co-construct a headline and enter it into Socrative.
- Make the headlines visible for the whole class and have students read aloud their contribution.
- Initiate Socrative’s Short Response voting option.
- Task pairs to review all of the headlines and vote on which one best captures the essence of the material. Have them be prepared to discuss why.
- Hold a full class discussion in which students reflect on their summarization process and support their choices.
Extension: Revisit the headlines in future classes and discuss potential changes as more information is uncovered.