Students can be assigned different roles to promote collaboration and offer multiple access points to learning. 


Students were directed to choose roles: a reteller, a recorder, and a translator.  In the case that there were more than three students to a group, doubling up on roles is appropriate.  While the roles are specified, several students can negotiate for the accuracy of plot points and language usage.

snapshot from worksheet where students are directed to choose roles in group work

Further Reading:

Facing History – Assigning Roles for Group Work

The Teaching Center – Using Roles in Group Work

Illinois State Board of Education – Collaborative Learning Guide

Created by Sunisa Nuonsy
Reviewed by Louis Olander


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