Ranking Information Slips


Tip: Ranking Information Slips

How do I do it?
Type out or draw 5-10 pieces of information related to what you are studying (for example, causes of the US Civil War).  Make enough copies of the list of information (the list should not be numbered) for the number of pairs or groups you’d like to work together.  Cut the sheet so that there is one piece of information on each slip.  Mix and pass out one entire list (cut into slips) to each pair or group.  Then, they read, discuss, and rank the slips from most to least important by ordering the slips of paper on the table.  Students can then tape their list together with clear tape on a piece of paper (unless you plan to give groups the chance to reorder). 

Variations & Extensions
Students can present their finished lists and try to convince other groups to change their rank-ordering by giving a rationale for their order or the importance of one piece of information over another.  Direct students to write a summary or essay about what they learned.  Create a different set of information for each table and have them switch once they are done ordering.  Take notes on their ranking for teaching and re-teaching purposes.

Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standards 2&3
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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