Create an essay jigsaw puzzle

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A group game to help students understand how to write an academic essay

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Sarah Pavey MSc . FCLIP For further information email paveys@boxhillschool.org.uk Create an Essay Jigsaw Puzzle

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IB DIPLOMA EXTENDED ESSAY EPQ We needed an easy solution, something fun, something that addressed construction AND emotional aspects How could we teach students essay writing skills they needed for the

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CONSTRUCTION Could it work with a jigsaw ? EMOTIONS

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Working with 6-10 students per grou p 15 minutes in total to construct (calling a deadline just before anyone finishes) Addresses the following issues

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CONSTRUCTION You may not know what the finished product will look like You may start at any point You cannot cheat by looking at someone else’s work! You have to work on your own to complete it, although you might accept advice from others You may try to place a piece in one space but perhaps it actually fits somewhere else As you complete it, it will start to make sense

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EMOTIONS It may seem too difficult at the start You may feel excited at the start You will feel a sense of achievement as you complete sections You may feel frustrated when pieces do not fit If others seem to be making more progress you may feel like giving up You may feel angry if you don’t meet the deadline As you do more you will get really involved and keen to see the end result

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A group exercise A guide to essay construction Can be used to demonstrate the need to proof read. Understand that although you may have to leave it incomplete it may still be enough to pass Lesson plan helps to prompt discussion of issues along the way.

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If you would like more information about how this works please contact me o r watch the video Cambridge Teach Meet Video Create an Essay http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1kCzufnTZc

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