Time: 40-50 minutes
In this exercise, students share "elevator stories" (short presentations
of their problem and argument) and receive feedback. This exercise
works best in advance of a draft, when they're still developing
and refining their questions.
Have students arrange their desks or chairs in facing pairs. Set
a countdown timer for four to eight minutes, depending on how long
you want them to spend in each pair. In each pair, students take
turns sharing their elevator stories. They can then question
one another about details and provide their own reactions. When
the timer goes off, the students facing one way rotate one position
around the room and do it again.
Continue until your students have gone through your desired number
of rounds. This exercise is most effective when students present
their ideas many times, refining their thinking with each round,
so it will likely take whole class period.
By the end, students will have presented their elevator stories
enough times in
feedback that they should be well on their way to developing
their problem statement and argument in a paper.
(This exercise was adapted from Andrew Purvis.)