This mini unit fulfills many standards in a short amount of time. First, the teacher reads "The Stronger," a play by August Strindberg to the students. Next, the students read the play again, but this time they focus on the question "Who is the stronger character?" (key ideas and details). As they go through the play again, they must highlight the evidence that reveals Mrs. X is stronger in yellow and highlight the evidence that show Ms. Y is stronger in green . At this point, the students are working in pairs to find evidence to support both claims. I send them home with the play to continue to look for evidence. When they return, I have them work with a different partner to fill out the claim and evidence worksheet (practice for argumentative writing). I tell them that they have to be able to support either claim. Finally, I have them take part in a Structured Academic Controversy (SAC). Please visit here if you don't know what this is: https://outspokenela.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/nagc_struct_acad_cont.pdf.
They don't know what side they will be placed on until they get to class. I go over what accountable talk (included) is before they take part in the controversy. One student records the SAC with his/her cellphone using "Voice Memo" and then emails me the recording (speaking and listening). The students must fill out the SAC sheet throughout the controversy and come to a consensus about the question "Who is the stronger character?"