Active Learning: The Jigsaw Method – Topic: The Author, Jenny Nimmo

Active Learning – The Jigsaw Method
Working Together Teamwork Puzzle Concept
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Jigsaw.org is an excellent website,
which explains this method in detail.
 
Phase One – Research Groups

1. Class divided into groups of six.
Each group will be assigned an aspect of research e.g.

What was the author’s childhood like?

Why are they famous?

Why the author does, what they do?

What is life like for them now as grown ups?

2. The groups are asked to research the answer a question(s)

They read, discuss, and record their findings.

 

Phase Two – Project Groups

New groups formed with one student

from each of the groups.

Each student in the new group

shares the information they have learned.

These new groups will create a poster

to share with the class that sums up their learning.

GREEN GROUP

Tell me about Jenny Nimmo’s childhood?

 Jenny Nimmo’s Childhood

 Jenny Nimmo was born on 15th January 1944.

There was just her and her mother at home,

so she went to live on her uncle’s free-range chicken farm.

Jenny was sent away to boarding school when she was only six.

She found this hard.

She was happier after the age of 11,

when she went to a secondary school

where her talents as an actress were encouraged.

At school, Jenny was quiet but she loved to make people laugh.

 

WHITE GROUP

Why is Jenny Nimmo famous?

Jenny Nimmo is an author who has written many books for children.

Many of her books are about ‘magic’ in real life situations.

Books she has written include

‘The Owl Tree’,

‘The Stone Mouse’

and ‘The Dog Star’

but she has written many, many more e.g.

The Snow Spider

The Chestnut Soldier

Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs

Jupiter Boots

The Bread Witch

Granny Grimm’s Gruesome Glasses

The Witch’s Tears

Alien on the 99th Floor

The Night of the Unicorn

The Starlight Cloak

BLACK GROUP 

Why did she do what she does?

Jenny Nimmo is a writer of children’s books.

She has always loved reading and writing.

She read all the books in the junior school library

by the time she was nine

so she had to ask to join the senior school library then.

She enjoyed reading books as a child.

When she became a grown up she decided

she would write books for children.

 BLUE GROUP 

Tell me about her life now

as a writer and grown up?

Jenny now lives in an old water mill in the countryside in Wales

with her husband, who is an artist. She has three grown up children.

First she feeds all the chickens, rabbits and cats, then she writes.

She uses a soft, 3B pencil and redrafts and edits as she goes along.

When she’s sure she has made all the changes,

she lets her husband read the story

and then types it up for her publisher.

  

LIST OF BOOKS WRITTEN BY JENNY NIMMO

The Owl Tree

The Stone Mouse

The Dog Star

The Snow Spider

The Chestnut Soldier

Delilah and the Dishwasher Dogs

Jupiter Boots

The Bread Witch

Granny Grimm’s Gruesome Glasses

The Witch’s Tears

Alien on the 99th Floor

The Night of the Unicorn

The Starlight Cloak