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Retrieve, Review, Rewrite

Retrieve, Review, Rewrite: This activity mixes retrieval with modelling, working on both knowledge and exam skill.

Students fold the paper into 3 columns. In the first section they retrieve and write everything they can remember on the topic. In the second section they review a model answer, working out what the exam question should be, and mark the answer. In doing so they are also compare the model to what they had retrieved, brining self-realisation to gaps in knowledge. In the third section they make improvements to the model answer. 

Differentiation / Extension ideas:

  • Instead of providing the model answer, students could prepare a model answer for their peers as preparation for the lesson.
  • Instead of a complete rewrite of the model answer, students could just annotate, pointing out strengths and weaknesses of the answer (and make the corrections if needed).
  • The students could be told the question, rather than the students trying to work out what the question should be.