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Dear Martin by Nic Stone Discussion Activity (Distance Learning)

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9th - 12th
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Dear Martin by Nic Stone is guaranteed to get your students talking! Engage students in conversations about education, perseverance, privilege, and more with this discussion activity--in person or online!

Students examine five thematic topics through this discussion: identity, education, media bias, perseverance, and privilege. Students will need to gather textual evidence to support their ideas on these thematic topics prior to the discussion activity.

This resource is incredibly flexible. Inside, you'll receive directions for using this as a large assessment, review activity, or even essay brainstorm. You'll also receive directions for using this in person as well as virtually.

Students will need to gather evidence first. In-person classes can do this by annotating the novel or taking notes. Then, in-person students can use the included worksheet to gather their best passages, examples, and ideas. Virtual students can use the included evidence tracker.

This resource includes:

  • EDITABLE Assignment Handout
  • EDITABLE Discussion Rubric
    • PDF Version
    • Google Doc version
    • Google Sheets version (for easy importing into Google Classroom)
      • Directions PDF for importing a Google Sheets rubric into Google Classroom
  • EDITABLE Textual Evidence Tracker Google Doc for distance learning
  • NON-EDITABLE Worksheet for in-person learning
  • Product/Resource overview

Please review the preview before purchase. This preview includes the assignment, the non-editable student worksheet, and the rubric. Only the components specifically marked as "editable" can be altered. All products are delivered in a Google Drive folder.

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Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task.
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.
Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed.
Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas.


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