Peer Teaching Through Expert Groups

Grade 8 / Social Studies / ELL

Common Core State Standards


English Language Arts


Speaking and Listening Standards 6-€“12


8th Grade


Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

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Lesson Objective

Empower students to teach each other


10 min

Questions to Consider

  • What are the benefits of this co-teaching model?
  • Why are the students not allowed to take notes as they listen to their expert?
  • How does this lesson build literacy skills and content knowledge simultaneously?

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  • Lesson Plan: Peer Teaching Through Expert Groups.PDF

  • Worksheet: Process Grid Mind Map.PDF

  • Handouts: Reconstruction Expert Group Articles.PDF

  • Handouts: Reconstruction Picture Card Files.PDF

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