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Any Text Survivor is a great activity for students to practice creating arguments and speaking within small and large groups of people. This resource involves a Survivor scenario that places students on an island as a character from your text and forces them to vote off each other based on quality rhetoric.
The Character Planning Handout will take students through how to set up their arguments and where they should address counterclaims as to why they may not be suited to stay on the island.
Students will continuously vote off each other until one tribe member from each group remains to send to the whole-class Final Tribal Council! Be prepared for serious class engagement!
*Suggested: Students have a foundation in rhetoric or pair this with a rhetoric unit or mini-lesson*
-Survivor Scenario Introductory Letter
-Character Planning Handout
- Teacher Facilitation Guide
-A Kickbutt Activity to Pair with Any Text!
Common Core Standards Addressed
Speaking and Listening 11-12 1.C Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives.
Writing 11-12 1.B Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience's knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases.
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