Contact Iain Dover for further information about this technique.

This activity is designed to get students thinking about the stages to an answer, and to challenge themselves by developing points they might not have thought of. It works well in any subject where students have to write developed answers.

It is based on the game consequences, or the drama game of building a story one word/sentence at a time in turns.

Set up

Choose a range of suitable exam questions that require either PEE paragraphs or a range of different pieces of information (maths could be multiple stage working out questions).

Lay the questions out with space in between them to write answers in.  It is worth providing a scaffold for spacing (see example).  You will need at least 3 different sets of questions.


Place students in groups; the size of the group should be the same as the amount of questions you are using.  Ideally this would be 3-5 students.  This may vary depending on the length of the question you require answering.

Using a timer (sample attached here – or speak to Iain Dover or Kath Hutchinson for help in producing your own version), break the time of the question up.  An average of a minute per section seems to work well for our Ethics questions.

Stage 1 – Give students 1 minute to make their opening point.

Stage 2 – Give them 45 seconds to swap with those in their group, and read what has been written.

Stage 3 – Give them 1 more minute to develop this point with an explanation.

Repeat stages 2 and 3 as many times are required.

If students use different coloured pens this makes it really clear where the different parts of the PEE paragraph/stages of working out are to help students understand the difference between a point and an explanation.