Small Group Instruction Model

Time on technology: ~75 minutes

In shared technology settings, this model is recommended for schools focused on small group instruction alongside self-paced technology solutions. One group of students will receive small group instruction while the other group is working in collaborative peer-led, self-paced instruction through ThinkCERCA.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
ThinkCERCA Steps

45 minutes

Personal Connection, Reading with Comprehension Check, Close Reading

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 1-3)

45 minutes

Close Reading, Summarizing, and Pre-writing with Argument Builder

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 3-5)

45 minutes

Writing and Peer Collaboration

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)
Student Tasks
  • Activate background knowledge with the personal connection.
  • Group 1: Direct Instruction (25 minutes); Group 2: Personal Connection, Reading & Comp Check (25 minutes)
  • Then, groups switch and spend the remaining class time doing the other activity.
  • Group 1: Modeled Close Reading & Argument Building (25 minutes); Group 2: Self-paced Close Reading and Pre-write (25 minutes)
  • Group 1: Finish writing; Group 2: Peer Collaboration
  • Groups switch.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction for half the class at a time. Teacher floats. Teacher guides independent work.

Suggested Schedule to Complete 1 Lesson Set

Session 1
ThinkCERCA Steps Personal Connection, Reading with Comprehension Check, Close Reading

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 1-3)
Student Tasks

45 minutes

  1. Activate background knowledge with the personal connection.
  2. Group 1: Direct Instruction (25 minutes); Group 2: Personal Connection, Reading & Comp Check (25 minutes)
  3. Then, groups switch and spend the remaining class time doing the other activity.
Classroom Setup Teacher leads direct instruction for half the class at a time.
Session 2
ThinkCERCA Steps Close Reading, Summarizing, and Pre-writing with Argument Builder

(Applied Reading and Writing steps 3-5)
Student Tasks

45 minutes

  1. Group 1: Modeled Close Reading & Argument Building (25 minutes); Group 2: Self-paced Close Reading and Pre-write (25 minutes)
Classroom Setup Teacher floats.
Session 3
ThinkCERCA Steps Writing and Peer Collaboration

(Applied Reading and Writing step 6)
Student Tasks

45 minutes

  1. Group 1: Finish writing; Group 2: Peer Collaboration
  2. Groups switch.
Classroom Setup Teacher guides independent work.

Our Advice

Successful Working Conditions

  • Access to technology for half the class two to three days per week in the subject block
  • A clearly identified alignment between core curriculum and ThinkCERCA units

Best Practices

  • Pre-select and plan ThinkCERCA Sets as aligned to core classroom curriculum.
  • Build extra time into the schedule for offline extensions.
  • Make explicit connections with ThinkCERCA skills and themes.

Relevant Resources

Notes

About this Schedule

  • This model is most popular with self-contained classrooms with an explicit skills map.

Customizable

  • Please use this model as a guide and feel free to adapt certain elements to fit your classroom's structure.
  • Schools with premium ThinkCERCA accounts are paired with a dedicated School Success Manager who can develop unique models based on individual needs. Get in touch with a ThinkCERCA representative if you'd like to learn more.