Four A's Text Protocol

Four A's Text Protocol 2023-08-11

Type
  1. Classroom Strategy
Examples/Adaptations
  1. Math
  2. Science
  3. Art
Four A's Text Protocol Description
The purpose of the Four A's is to explore a text deeply in light of one's own values and intentions, generating a discussion about a controversial reading.

The teacher introduces a text and a reading strategy to students. The students read the text in groups, highlighting and taking notes to answer four questions about the text's argument, assumptions, points of agreement or disagreement, and affirmation of their beliefs. Each student in the group takes turns answering one of the four questions. The activity concludes with the class coming together for an open discussion about an overarching question related to the text. If there are time constraints, each student grouping can have four students, with each answering one of the questions.

Overall, the Four A's Text Protocol is a useful tool for promoting critical thinking, active engagement, and collaborative learning among students in a variety of contexts, from literature classes to science courses and beyond.


Versions
This discussion protocol includes a teacher guide and a handout for each student. They are available as Google Docs, Microsoft Word and PDF.​

Teacher Guide​
Student Handout​
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Discipline Examples
All examples are available as Google Docs and Microsoft Word for easy editing and adaptation.​

Discipline/Class
Topic
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Links​
Science
Life Science
Plant Fertilization​
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Math
Algebra
Word Problem​
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Arts
Music
Bohemian Rhapsody​
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Attributions
School Reform Initiative (2017). Four A's Text Protocol. https://www.schoolreforminitiative.org/download/four-as-text-protocol/
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Author
Reading Ways
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