Double Pyramid Note Cards – Group Activity:
- Students divide into small groups of 4-5 and are given a set of note cards with evaluative statements about a topic prepared ahead of time by a teacher or librarian.
- Students evaluate each statement as a group and place cards that they strongly agree with at the top and cards that they strongly disagree with at the bottom. Middle-middle-of-the-road statements are placed in the middle forming a sort of double pyramid.
- Have the students alter the topic somehow, change the context, give it an additional statement, etc. Then ask them to re-evaluate their choices
- Allow time for group and full class discussion, having students evaluate how their opinions changed within a group, and with a topic alteration.
- An additional modification might include having the groups switch to another group’s double pyramid to rearrange and evaluate based on another group’s previous work.
The note cards are a good way for visual learners to see ideas mapped out before them. The group decisions are a good way for both interpersonal and intrapersonal learners to interact, share ideas, and discuss opinions based on a set of criteria.