Brainstorming Choice Topics

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4th - 12th
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So, you want to have students write about what they care about--but how do you get them to come up with an idea?

This 2-day lesson challenges students to identify problems in their community and the world that they care deeply about.

The first day, they will circulate the room, creating giant lists of problems they see in the world.

The second day, they will use their peers to talk about each topic from their personal list to discover which would be the best for them to write about. Both days include handouts to help students anchor their thoughts and move forward.



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Get your students moving, talking, and writing about something they believe in, and the rest of your unit is sure to run so much more smoothly.

This lesson plan includes:

  • Content standards
  • Language standards
  • 2 detailed lesson plans
  • 2 Editable handouts accompanying the lesson plan
  • Power point slides for the lesson


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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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