Comparing Poems with Similar Themes
This jigsaw cooperative learning event is designed to analyze similar themes in poetry. Each of you
will become an expert in TPCAST-ing one poem. You will then teach others in your learning group,
and they will teach you.
Learner Description: This activity is for high school English classes.
Instructions: You will begin in your home group. There will be four people in each home group.
Count off from one to four. Then, split up into your expert group to complete the reading and TPCAST for your poem. You will want to print out a copy of the What is TPCASTT? before you begin.
Your number determines which expert group you are in and which poem is your focus. Work in your expert group to read your groups' poem in the linked table. After all of the expert groups have finished reading and TPCAST-ing the assigned poem, then everyone returns to the home group. The person who was in expert group 1 will teach their task to the home group; the person who was in expert group 2 will teach the home group their task. This continues until all four experts have taught their poems and TPCAST's to the home group. Then, create a chart using TPCASTT as the model (be creative in your chart mapping). Once the chart is completed, then each home group member will write a one-page journal exploring the similar theme(s) portrayed in all four poems.
Resources: Have a
The Jigsaw Activity
When you complete your
chart with your home group,
click here to see the common
theme each poem expresses.
© 2008, C.R. Sears
Wasco Union High School, English Department Chair