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In the 3-2-1 technique, students write about 3 things they learned in the lecture, 2 things they found...


In Jigsaw, students work in small groups to develop knowledge about a given topic before teaching what...


When using IRA’s, students complete a written response to a reading assignment that includes three...


A Frame is a template of sentence stems that provides the shape of a short essay, but not the content....


In Letters, students assume the identity of an important person in your discipline and write a letter...

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