This strategy is useful as a revision activity in preparation for an exam or assessment. Using exemplars students identify the key features of a master answer/essay/project and then produce a ‘mastery model.’
- Give groups of students a series of models, both exemplar models and lesser models, including some with common errors that students would likely identify. This could be extracts from essays or model answers to exam questions.
- The students do a critical appraisal of the these models as a group and identify their summary assessment of the models first. This could take the form of a success criteria, using examples from the models, that is presented to the class. This presentation should include an explicit focus upon the steps taken leading to create the ‘mastery model‘ during the feedback – this unveils the process required for mastery for the whole class.
- Students then produce their own ‘mastery model’ that is a composite exemplar model of work. This could be a master essay, master exam question, or master piece of art.
- This strategy works in pretty much every subject, with the modelled work being either an essay, a piece of art, or a mathematical problem. It is effective for refining essay or exam technique and, as a group work task, it has a clear learning objective and requires students to support one another.