Conversation and Listening Activities: Jigsaw Reading

Choose an article or text that can be easily divided into several (4-6) sections. Make a note of the sections on your copy and choose a random order in which to read the text. For example, maybe you’ll read sections 2 then 4 then 1 then 3. Tell students that they will need to take notes while they listen. Give an overview of the text, then begin reading in the pre-determined order.

After you have read the text once or twice, have students work alone or in small groups to put the story in order based on their notes.

This activity works particularly well with a passage where the order may not be obvious. The goal is to get students to explain their reasoning.