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3 - 2 - 1


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What Is a 3 - 2 - 1?
The idea is to give students a chance to summarize some key ideas, rethink them in order to focus on those that they are most intrigued by, and then pose a question that can reveal where their understanding is still uncertain. Often, teachers use this strategy in place of the usual worksheet questions on a chapter reading, and when students come to class the next day, you're able to use their responses to construct an organized outline, to plot on a Venn diagram, to identify sequence, or isolate cause-and-effect. The students are into it because the discussion is based on the ideas that they found, that they addressed, that they brought to class.

How Does It Work?
Students fill out a 3-2-1 chart with something like this:

3 Things You Found Out
2 Interesting Things
1 Question You Still Have

Now, that's just the suggested version. Depending upon what you're teaching, you can modify the 3-2-1 anyway you want. For instance, if you've just been studying the transition from feudalism to the rise of nation-states, you might have students write down 3 differences between feudalism and nation-states, 2 similarities, and 1 question they still have.

Got A Version I Can Print Out?
But of course! You can download and print a version of a blank 3-2-1 chart and the generic version as described above. They are both on the same sheet; you can copy and cut them into half-sheets.

Download and Print:

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