Teaching Tip Tuesday: 4-2-1 Freewrite

As we transition to the Common Core Standards, all classrooms and subject areas need to incorporate more reading into your classes. Summarizing is an important skill that we need our students to understand and demonstrate as they read, but we also have the building goal of increasing the rigor in our classrooms.  Today’s teaching strategy is a way to increase the rigor with a summarizing activity.

Watch a video clip explaining the four quadrants of the Rigor-Relevance framework.

Rigor-Relevance_Framework

In the 4-2-1 Freewrite, students work individually and collaboratively to create and analyze main ideas.  They also must teach their information to the rest of the class and explain the main idea to their peers.

4-2-1 Freewrite

Click here for a 421 free write organizer

Within the Rigor-Relevance framework, you can see in the graphic below that this activity is a more complex task than a typical summarizing activity. Move the students from guessing what they think the teacher thinks is important to evaluating for themselves what they think is important, while creating a summary for an authentic audience.

summarizing high rigor relevance

Can you think of other ways to modify your lessons to increase the rigor and relevance?