Incorporating student experts also allows for a more student-centered classroom, making everyone in the classroom an expert on something, instead of the teacher being the keeper of all knowledge.
When introducing a new topic or piece of literature, generate a list of related topics or concepts. Give students the opportunity to sign up to be an expert for one or more of the topics, and provide index cards. Display a blank index card sectioned off for information you would like students to collect so they can format their cards the same way. The pictures below show how I set up my cards:
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|Back of card|
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What a fun way to encourage student inquiry!