Revision strategies: snap

This particular revision activity takes a bit of preparation as it requires sets of cards. Of course, you could ask students to make the cards themselves. Whether you pass the responsibility on to them or do it yourself, the result is a game that is great for prompting students to make meaningful connections across the text.

Step 1: preparation

You will be dividing the class into groups of 4 or 5, and each group will need between 30 and 50 cards, depending on how long you want the game to last. The cards should have words or phrases linked to the text you are revising. A template for the ‘Othello’ game is available here. I printed this, sliced the cards and then glued them together to give them a bit of weight – but it would be much faster to do single-sided cards without the image on the back.

Step 2: set up

Divide the class into groups of 4 or 5. Each group needs a pack of cards. The dealer shuffles and then deals 5 cards to each person. The remaining cards are placed face down in the draw pile. Students can look at their cards.

Step 3: gameplay

The student left of the dealer turns over the top card, revealing a word linked to the text. The first player to put down a card from their hand has the opportunity to explain the link between their card and the one up for grabs. If the group are happy with the explanation then the student places both cards face up in front of them. The first student to empty their hand is the winner. You will want to set down some ground rules and model effective explanations (e.g. the student must include a quotation, or they must include the word ‘because’ to extend their answer).

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