Strategy 10: Cubing


As we mentioned in the introduction, writing is often a way of generating new thinking or as a vehicle to explore thinking. If you have a particular topic that you would like students to explore, you can ask them to “cube” it. This will enable students to explore a topic from 6 different angles:

Describe It
How would you describe this topic/issue/event/person?
What characteristics does it have?
What does it look like?

Compare It
What is it similar to?
What is it analogous to?


Associate It
What does it remind you of?
How does it connect to other topics/issues/events/people?


Analyze It
How did it happen?
Why did it happen?
What are the contributing pieces/factors?


Apply It
What can you do with it?
How can you use it?
What lesson(s) did it teach?
What understanding did it generate?


Argue For or Against It
I support this because…
I oppose this because…
This is a good because…
This is bad because…

Handout: Student Example on The Holocaust


Homework: Think about the Content Area you teach and either describe it, compare it, associate it, analyze it, apply it, argue for or against it. (In writing, of course! – in the discussion tab.)