Need a way to get to know your U.S. Government/History students? (Intended for these courses but could easily be used in other high school classrooms that focus on current events/opinions/decision making)
Want to get them thinking on the first day of school?
Want to see where they stand on important issues?
This is the "game" for you:
The included powerpoint includes 30 different "Agree or Disagree" statements in which students will make up there minds and physically walk to the appropriate side of the room. The questions begin pretty light: "Android is better than Apple," "Apple Pie is the best dessert," or "Pokemon Go is a fun game," but the questions slowly start to become more serious: "The Federal minimum wage should be increased," "I've heard of Gary Johnson or Jill Stein," "I'm registered to vote."
Hang up two posters on opposite sides of the room. One that says AGREE, one that says DISAGREE-- this is where they will go when they answer the question.
*You may add a "neutral" if you want but I avoid it-- forcing students to pick a side shows them how decisions can be tough but it makes them critically think and weigh out the options
If you are still reading...THANK YOU!
There are many purposes to this game:
1. It's a fun way to get to know your students & to have them get to know you, too-- feel free to play along! (maybe step out when the statements turn more political to avoid revealing your personal beliefs)
2. It gets them thinking about their own personal opinions both for fun topics like social media and food but also about controversial issues and whether they are registered to vote this November. It also gives them a bit of an introduction into some important issues that the government plays a role in and that they will be hearing about over and over again in the upcoming debates.
3. It's sure to spark some conversations, laughs, and debates!
4. It allows your students to physically see that there are other people in the room who agree with them, and more importantly that there are people in the room WHO DO NOT! This will build community, and will help them realize IT'S OKAY TO DISAGREE, we are just going to do so respectfully. To me, this is the most important tone to set-- we are allowed to disagree but we also aren't the only ones who think a certain way!
5. Discussion questions included on the last slide. You can also add your own statements that apply more specifically to your class/school/students.
Any questions or suggestions, please let me know! I'm willing to fix or add anything you would like to see.
Have a GREAT school year.
Always With Love,
The Secondary Fairy
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