Create a set of incomplete lecture notes by making an outline with some of the parts missing.
Example: Events that led to the start of WW1:
The groups must then work through their notes to figure out how to fill in the outline.
The incomplete outline is an excellent means of helping the students recognize the main points and the organizational pattern of information given in lecture. It can also be used for the textbook information. Determining the major points can help to sort information and locate the ideas being communicated, making connections easier to find and understand. It helps the students figure out what is important.