Saturday, March 3, 2012

Graffiti Teaching Strategy

Graffiti is an excellent strategy to enhance students’ thinking skills and promote their writing skills and that is a great way to stimulate students’ participation in the classroom. Teachers should provide questions related to same topic and write each questions on the top of a separate sheet of paper. The students need to be divided into based on question numbers. Each group will be given a question sheet and a different color pen and discuss the question then write the answers within the certain time. Then transfer the questions sheet to next group till all the sheets are passed through all the groups. In the final round, the original sheet comes to the group, they need to summarize the ideas and share them in the class.

The Procedure of Graffiti as following:

1.Students divided into groups according to the question numbers.

2.Each cooperative group is given a piece of chart paper and different colored markers. So that teacher can track each individual group’s contribution.

3.Each group is given a different question sheet toward same topic.

4.For a short time period (3-5 minutes), every group writes “graffiti” (words, phrase, statement, pictures) on their particular question.

5.After about three to five minutes, the teacher stops the groups and asks each group to pass their graffiti sheets to the next group.

6.The new group with the sheet reads what has already been written or drawn on the sheet and adds additional new information.

7.Continue the process until each group’s original sheet has been returned to them.

8.Once a group has their original sheet back, as a group, they read all of the contributing comments, discuss them, summarize them, and prepare a brief presentation to the class as outlined by the teacher.

9.A specific outcome must be set by the teacher for the presentation part of this assignment in order for it to be effective.


Graffiti Writings. (n.d) Retrieved from:http:/

Gaikwad, P. (2011). Advanced instructional strategies [compendium]. Silang, Philippines: Adventist Institute of Advanced Studies.

1 comment:

  1. I've run this many times, but have frequently been disappointed by the drop in engagement and interest when we present ideas at the end. I really like the suggestion to have groups prepare and share a summary. A nice way to add value to the presentation. Thanks for the post!