Have you thought about one-pagers? Do you know what a one-pager is? To address reading and writing across the curriculum, try this great strategy that combines higher order thinking skills and allows students to demonstrate their creativity.

A one pager could be the ultimate higher order thinking tool. It is great as a summative assessment of student work, a review before a test or extra credit. One-pagers require students to analyze and synthesize what they have learned.

No two one-pagers are alike just as two students will never process information in exactly the same way. The set of criteria ensures that all students are questioning, citing, analyzing, and evaluating; BUT each student chooses what elements were most relevant for them.

This also allows students to reach higher levels of thinking. Instead of a worksheet, or a webquest, where the teacher identifies what the most import parts of the topic are, the students must evaluate for themselves what is critical information and what should be left out.

To help your students, I have created a series of six Google Drawings templates that will assist them with design layout and organization. Using tools such as the Noun Project could assist those who lack artistic skills and our district subscription to image resource banks like Discovery Education and Google images search will allow students to find real world connections to link to their thinking.

Here are some guidelines to help students in building their one-pager:

What TO Do:

  • Be sure to include a title where the reader will notice it.
  • Pull out quotes or supporting evidence: use something that jumps out at you, makes you wonder or think, or reminds you of something.
  • Use a visual focus, either drawn or pulled from another source (be sure to cite it) – make sure that the visuals that you use support and illustrate your points
  • Make a personal statement about the reading – connect to your personal experiences, support your opinion, answer a question that you wondered
  • Create your one-pager so that others will understand the topic or piece that you are summarizing

What NOT To Do:

  • Write ONLY a summary – remember that you are analyzing, defending, and justifying
  • Fill only part of the canvas – remember to fill the canvas completely,



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Google Drawings One-Pager Templates:

Template 1 Template 3

Template 5

Template 2 Template 4 Template 6


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