Take two different texts and cut them up into their separate sentences, and shuffle all the fragments together. In pairs or groups, young people have to sort the fragments into two clusters and then to sequence them.

Or take ten quotations, proverbs or sayings and cut each in half – again, the task is to re-constitute them.

Such exercises can be made considerably more demanding if the fragments are dealt out as in a game of cards, with each person having their own ‘hand’. Each then has to read their hand to others, rather than merely show it. The young people then re-constitute the texts.

All the activities in this pack can involve the reconstituting of a piece of text.

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