Use these patriotic signs for the Four Corners formative assessment strategy that gets your students out of their seats and engaging with each other in academic conversation.
★ Post the signs (I agree, I strongly agree, I disagree, & I strongly disagree) in the four corners of your classroom.
★ Present students with an opinion statement and have them move to the corner that expresses their opinion.
★ Students can then discuss with others in their corner why they think the way they do. Encourage each group to find evidence and reasons to support their opinion.
★ You can call on randomly selected students from each corner to justify their opinions, or you can have the groups develop a collective response to share with the class. Students in the “I Agree” corner can debate those who disagree while students who strongly agree and disagree do the same.
★ After discussion, allow students to reflect on the activity by recording their ideas in a journal or on a class chart of arguments for and against the statement. Ask any students who have changed their opinion to explain what evidence influenced them.
When to use Four Corners:
Before introducing new material to activate prior knowledge
After watching a short video or reading an article about a debatable idea
As a review after a unit of study
When your class needs a brain break
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