Current Issues Roundtable: Read, Discuss, Write - 2 Full Lessons

Current Issues Roundtable: Read, Discuss, Write - 2 Full Lessons
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This lesson includes four, 2-page articles, two articles addressing food sustainability and two articles addressing social media/technology. They are current (from 2018), relevant, well-written, with lots of meaty ideas. The lesson also includes a PPT with guiding questions and self-selected writing prompts.

I love doing these types of lessons with my 11th and 12th grade students. I break the students into groups of four, provided half the group with one article and half the group with the other and let them know they will be sharing their learning with their groupmates. They read, annotate and prepare to discuss using the guiding questions. When they are finished, students present their articles to their group, sharing what they learned with each other. We then discuss the articles in whole class as a paired set. I make sure to clarify and answer any questions that arise.

To round out the lesson, students then choose a prompt; they can analyze, take a stand, connect or explore. They are required to provide a thesis, evidence from both texts, and ample commentary.

Student practice close reading, speaking in small and large groups, and, organized writing involving the ideas and claims of others. Because they are required to provide evidence from both texts, they must work with one another.

As a teacher, you only need to closely read the articles; the rest of the class period is student driven. There are two sets of articles; if you practice one set with the students, the second set would make great sub plans.

To extend the lesson, have students peer edit.

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12 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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