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Segment chart

  1. Draw a large circle (at least A3 size and preferably on coloured card) and divide it into six or eight equal segments.
  2. Around the inner rim of each segment, write an instruction or starter question.
  3. Make enough copies for the class to work in small groups of three or four. It may be easier to get each group to create their own, given a sheet of card, felt pens, and a ruler. Segment starters can be copied from an overhead transparency (OHT).
  4. In groups, the students complete each segment of their circle, answering the question or following the instruction. They should refer to relevant resource material if they need to.
  5. The completed circles are then cut into individual segments.
  6. All the Question 1s and student responses are put together; all the Question 2s and student responses are put together, and so on. Encourage a bit of creativity here by providing each group with a glue stick, sheet of newsprint, and felt pens. Let them place the segments on the newsprint with an eye to layout and design.
  7. Students remain in their groups and each group is given responsibility for one set of responses. Group 1 takes Question 1, and so on.
  8. Each set of responses is analysed, discussed, and an overall generalisation made about the findings for each segment.
  9. Each group writes their generalisation onto a strip of card and presents it to the class, either orally or by pinning both their segment sheet and the generalisation on a display board around the room.