Moral corners is a high engagement activity which allows students to practice interpersonal skills and critical thinking while exploring themes to be introduced in the coming novel study.
Use this activity the day students receive their copy of the novel, A Separate Peace.
Students gather on foot in the middle of the room. Explain the rules first. The wall near the door will be the 'agree; side, and the opposite wall will be the 'disagree' side. The students will read the statement on the projector, then decide to move to either the agree or disagree side. Students may switch sides during debate, but may not reside in the middle. After all students have read the statement and picked a side, the side with less representatives gets 1-2 minutes to give arguments as to why they chose what they did. This may include logos, ethos, pathos or semantics in studying how the prompt is written. During debate, students may switch sides. After two minutes, move to the next prompt. If you are willing, you may give response time to the majority, but be aware this activity is so engaging that you may take quite awhile if you allow everyone to speak each time!