Critical Thinking What Would You Do Activity: Kill a Spider?

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  1. Get students thinking and talking with this collection of creative and original hypothetical What Would You Do? situations from veteran English teacher Taylor Sapp. What would you do if:your best friend stopped showering and people noticed?there was a ghost in your bedroom?you could drink a potion o
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Get students thinking and talking with this creative and original hypothetical What Would You Do? situation:

A big, giant spider is crawling across the floor. Your older sibling usually puts spiders outside, but there's no one home right now. What do you do?

  • Kill it?
  • Try to put it outside?
  • Call 911?

Would your answer change if it was a mouse or a rat? Is it ok to kill animals you don't like?


This hypothetical situation comes from the book What Would You Do? by Taylor Sapp.

Each dilemma goes beyond the simple prompt to include:

  • suggested solutions
  • different contexts and variations
  • writing or discussion prompts

Use them as thoughtful and engaging warmers, fillers, or as the start of a class discussion, or even as pre-writing. Engaging, flexible, fun. What Would You Do? is your students' new favorite activity.


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