A cooperative learning activity using the jigsaw structure.
Divide students into groups of three, in each group a member is responsible for researching one of the three issues: race, class and gender, and informing other members of the group about his/her area. To facilitate the research students form three large teams comprising all students researching class in one group, all researching gender in another and those researching race in another. In these larger groups students share their research findings and become experts on their particular issue.
After research and sharing information is complete. Students return to their original groups of three with each member now being an expert on a different issue. Here, students are responsible for imparting their findings to each other making all group members knowledgeable on all three issues.
Students are then held individually accountable for writing the essay titled “Race, Class and Gender: The Past, the Present and the Future.”