The 4C’s Collaborative Writing Activity[1]

Step 1: Make a Copy of this Document

To begin, be sure you are logged into your Google account. One member of your group should make a copy and share with the others. Identify who will take the lead as the person to look for “connections,” “challenges,” “concepts,” and “changes.”

Step 2: Read a Brief Article

Please read the New York Times opinion piece: “A Month Without Sugar” As you read, try to identify at least one quotation that you can, quite literally, copy and paste into your cell of the table. This will give you something to write about.

Step 3: Collaborate and Respond

With your partner(s), complete the 4Cs grid related to the article. In addition to the quote from the article, aim for 2-3 sentences in each empty square of the grid. You make work together to collaboratively write a response in each space, or one partner may take responsibility for each space and then the other partner(s) can add comments/make revisions.

Connections: What connections can you draw between this idea and others that we have been studying?

Challenges: What ideas, positions, or assumptions do you want to challenge or argue against?

Concepts: What key concepts or ideas from the text are valuable and worth holding on to?

Changes: What changes in attitudes, thinking, or actions are suggested for you or others?

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[1] Adapted from Ritchhart, R., Church, M., & Morrison, K. (2011). Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for All Learners San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.